is a puppet company
who creates and performs innovative visual theatre, giant puppets
and outdoor performances. Founded in 2005 by Korean American
puppeteer Andrew Kim and British
actor/musician Kathy Bradley, Thingumajig Theatre is based in Hebden Bridge
, West Yorkshire
Thingumajig Theatre’s two directors, Andrew Kim and Kathy Bradley, first worked together as mask performers in a play by Horse and Bamboo Theatre
in 2002. Since then, they’ve worked together as makers, performers and directors for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Festival, Oregon Country Fair
, Vancouver’s Public Dreams Society
and Taiwan’s Dream Community. In 2005, with their first full-length play, “The Vertigo of Sheep” which was awarded a UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, they formed into a permanent theatre company.
In 2006 they moved into the old Sunday school room in Wainsgate Chapel in Old Town, West Yorkshire, which now serves as their workshop and rehearsal space.
In 2008, Thingumajig Theatre joined forces with HEADS, a Hebden Bridge participatory arts organisation, and produced the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, a vivid, non-commercial community-generated parade.
‘’’Thingumajig Theatre’’’ has created several puppet
plays for both children and adults. These plays, written, designed, built and performed by Andrew Kim and Kathy Bradley, are notable for their innovative use of imagery and live music.
Giant Puppets and Community Events
also creates and performs giant puppets for outdoor events and performances such as parades, pageants and festivals. They have also directed and led several community-generated events such as the Conwy
Lantern Parade and Pageant, the Liverpool
Halloween Lantern Carnival Finale and the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade