Local professional puppet company, Thingumajig Theatre, have announced that they will debut their new night time street theatre act on Saturday night, November 23, as part of Handmade Parade’s Lamplighter Festival.
This new act called “Jellish” will feature six giant illuminated jellyfish puppets about 1.5 meters wide and 5 meters up in the air. The jellyfish are hand-painted lantern puppets with gently changing lights. These giant creatures will be accompanied by Todmorden-based musician Daniel Weaver who will be performing and live-mixing a magical underwater soundtrack.
A spokesman said the project will showcase some of the many world-class local artists with the piece designed and created by Thingumajig Theatre artists Kathy and Andrew Kim with support by technician Dan Powers (of Littleborough), textile artist Jamima Latimer (of Todmorden) and metal smith Ian Broscomb (of Sowerby Bridge).
“With ‘Jellish’, we are excited to be taking our giant puppets into the night and working with a much bigger team of performers,” said Andrew Kim, who is directing the performance.
“And we’re thrilled that we can have the world premiere in our home town of Todmorden!”
Thingumajig Theatre makes and performs innovative puppet plays and interactive giant puppets.
Their plays and puppets have performed at art centres, theatres and festivals throughout the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and the USA.
After their debut on November 23 in Todmorden, they will perform at the Winter Light festival in Sowerby Bridge on December 15.
After this, they will be available to perform at festivals and nighttime events throughout the UK and Europe.
The project is funded by “Grants for the Arts” from Arts Council England.
For more information on Thingumajig Theatre, visit website thingumajig.info and for more on the Lamplighter Festival, visit website http://www.handmadeparade.co.uk/lanternparades