Caroline Bernier-Dionne’s Puppet Podcast (see previous posts) recently began a new series of virtual studio tours with international puppetry artists. The second installment in the series features Korean American puppeteer Andrew Kim of Thingumajig Theatre at his workshop in West Yorkshire, England. During their hour long chat Andrew discusses his career, Thingimajig’s work in the U.K., and demonstrates some of their beautiful large and small scale puppets.
Andrew and Thingumajig Co-Director Kathy Kim first met in 2002 while working together at the acclaimed UK puppet theatre, Horse and Bamboo. They spent the next several years of commuting across the Atlantic to visit each other, married in 2006, decided to settle in West Yorkshire and founded Thingumagig Theatre to develop their own style of visual theatre.
In the years since Thingumagig has become known for creating huge community spectacles like Handmade Parade and delightful “walk-about” puppet characters that appear at festivals and events across the UK and beyond. They also produce smaller scale shows like Kit and Caboodle, a traveling puppet show that takes place inside a big, rolling mule puppet: