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Thingumajig Theatre were invited once again to create a giant puppet puppet for the Manchester Day Parade. This year, we were asked to work with Manchester Fire and Rescue. They are about to introduce a new uniform so they asked us to create a parade giant puppet of an Asian woman firefighter who would be wearing the new costume.

They also asked us to work with a group of Princes’ Trust youths to create an ensemble to interact with the firefighter.

It was a great little ensemble: the youths formed groups of flame flags which the firefighter chased and tried to put out with an extinguisher.

The mechanism was a slight variation on our usual mechanism as seen here in Kelda. As one arm was fixed, we created a system which only required one hand to operated.

It was also great to make a giant with high vis fabric–you could certainly see this puppet coming from a long way away!

The puppet now belongs to Manchester Fire and Rescue and was also part of the Manchester Pride Parade.

This was our fourth commission for Manchester Day Parade, previous parade puppets were Jimmy the Footballer, the Sweeper and last year’s Garden City.

See more photos and a short video.



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Thingumajig TheatreTuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 11:29am
Plucky out and about helping Preston with their Easter events launch!
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Thingumajig TheatreThursday, March 15th, 2018 at 10:21pm
Love this photo by Alex Griffin of Hero the firefighting dog we made in our workshop in Santa Barbara. Really captures the energy!
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Thingumajig TheatreWednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 2:58pm
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Thingumajig TheatreMonday, March 5th, 2018 at 7:30am
Fab final presentation today of the 2 puppets we made with local artists in our 10-day giant workshop for Puppetpaloozasb sponsored by The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration Great project, lovely, talented people. Let's do it again!
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Thingumajig TheatreSaturday, February 24th, 2018 at 5:42pm
Day 6: Heads now off the moulds, body sculpting under way. Puppetpaloozasb The Squire Foundation Summer Solstice Celebration
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Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 2:03pm
RT @guildcityevents: #EggRolling practice at our programme launch today from Stoneygate Nursery & @Ststephenslancs Not forgetting Plucky th…
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 7:15pm
Love this photo by @Griff_da_Viking of Hero the firefighting dog we made in our workshop in… https://t.co/aHx7RkWwJ6
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On our way back from Santa Barbara where we taught a 10-day #giantpuppet workshop making these 2 beauties with 10 l… https://t.co/pu0mJfx08Y


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