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Budapest

Giant puppets at a massive music festival on an island in Budapest? Why not! For the first time, we crated our giant puppets and flew to meet them for the week-long Sziget Festival. It was a big experience.

It was its own universe, much like Glastonbury or Burning Man which attracted about 80,000+ people from throughout Europe. There were some big names (not that we knew them very well) and lots of great public art and street theatre.

We brought out hippo and the dodos and did 3 sets a day (two of one, one of the other). The crowds were really very enthusiastic. Folks loved the hippo and as it turns out, the dodos are party animals when they find a dance floor!

There were some very impressive big street shows and it was great to hang out with some of our British street arts colleagues Acrojou, Flying Buttresses and Swank.

Sziget wasn’t without its challenges: the first day, we were performing in 30+ degree Celsius. We were so glad there were showers backstage for the performers! The festival really looked out for their artists and crew: huge buffet feast twice a day (including beer and wine–how civilised!), lovely hotel, decent coffee and air conditioning in the green room marquee!

As we required a bit more space than your average street act, we were backstage of the Budapest Opera stage who put on a lovely show of opera favourites. This will go down as one of our most surreal experiences ever: packing up our mechanical hippo after our last set, in the dark surrounded by glorious opera sung just a few metres from us.

 
 

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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 5:13pm
We’re excited to be returning to Roztoky nr Prague next month to be a part of their carnival. This time we’re bringing our Caribou and teaching a Worbla mask-making class.
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Thingumajig TheatreFriday, December 21st, 2018 at 3:57pm
We're wrapping up 2018 and looking back, we've had a lovely year—highlights include (from top left): a lantern puppet workshop in Prague for the Sdružení Roztoč Carnival; artists in residence at The Squire Foundation in Santa Barbara, California to make 2 giant puppets with local artists; performing for 3 weeks at Kleines-Fest.de in Hannover via Fool's Paradise Ltd; creating our new street theatre show, Ghost Caribou, with support from Without Walls Blueprint R&D Fund at Creation Space 101; spending a week on Morecambe Bay making driftwood wild dogs for John Fox and Sue Gill; and making lantern cassowaries and emus for Wild Rumpus and Chester Zoo! Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!
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Thingumajig TheatreSaturday, December 15th, 2018 at 8:50pm
Very windy one on the Ipswich waterfront—gusts up to 40 mph! Sorry we had to cancel after this set but glad we had two other great days with the Caribou in Ipswich.
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Ghost Caribou on the waterfront tonight. Thank you to the brave families who came down to see them. Unfortunately the act was cut short for safety reasons due to the very high winds along the waterfront. Thank you Thingumajig Theatre for performing as long as you did 🙌🏼
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Thingumajig TheatreThursday, December 13th, 2018 at 6:57pm
Good fun to see our cassowary and emu lantern puppets in action Chester Zoo Wild Rumpus
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Thingumajig TheatreSunday, December 9th, 2018 at 10:55pm
A couple more reposts from Ipswich
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Thingumajig TheatreSunday, December 9th, 2018 at 10:46pm
Our cassowary in action at
Chester Zoo Wild Rumpus

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Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 3:06pm
Hello 2019. Off to Bulgaria tomorrow to teach a giant puppet class! @Plovdiv2019 https://t.co/4YaHzsOPxB ThingumaTheatre photo
Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 1:47pm
Wrapping up 2018—highlights: lantern puppet wksp in Prague; in residence @SquireArtSb in Santa Barbara, @KleinesFest in Hannover via @FoolsParadiseUK; creating #GhostCaribou via @WWconsortium @101OutdoorArts; making birds @_wildrumpus @chesterzoo Happy Solstice and Merry Xmas! https://t.co/IvOOWxfiqm ThingumaTheatre photo
Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 8:34am
Our very last Thingumajig Theatre performance of 2018 is a Christmas party turn: Our #crankie from Kit and Caboodle at @Ryburn3Step Illustration by @gokerithgo #migrationisbeautiful #Ambox @cardboardia #acrossthewesternocean https://t.co/9bzxsANZ8O
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 7:55pm
Nice to have our #GhostCaribou photo by @IanHodgsonpix represent the call for the next round of @WWconsortium #Blueprint find! https://t.co/EuS3SqJf05
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📢OPEN CALL ANNOUNCEMENT 📢 @WWconsortium invites artists and companies to apply for funds through the #Blueprint programme, to support the R&D costs of new outdoor touring work for final presentation in 2020 or beyond https://t.co/rx3nxiKv9K https://t.co/fYzbDGBDPr
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 9:07pm
Sorry to have to cancel after 1st set. With wind gusts of 40 mph, was not safe for us or audience! Glad we had 2 great outings in Ipswich at Cornhill https://t.co/GYfmzoVqBv
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Ghost Caribou on the waterfront tonight. Unfortunately the very high winds led to the act ending earlier than planned for safety reasons 😔 https://t.co/nZeeXyzod8

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