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Firefighter


Firefighter

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, 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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