Thingumajig Theatre Company x Puppet Palooza

SPring 2018 Artist in Residence

Andrew and Kathy Kim of Thingumajig Theatre

Andrew and Kathy Kim of Thingumajig Theatre

Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza and The Squire Foundation have partnered to bring Thingumajig Theatre to Santa Barbara. 

Thingumajig Theatre is a visual theatre company based in West Yorkshire, England which specializes in creating and performing innovative puppet plays and interactive giant puppets. Since 2006, Thingumajig Theatre has been creating puppet plays and walkabout puppets for audiences throughout the UK, Europe, China, Korea, UAE and USA and their giant puppets have featured on several television programs and films. Directors Andrew and Kathy Kim have taught giant puppet master classes throughout the UK, Denmark, Czech Republic and Korea. Their current acts include a mechanical hippo, a giant chicken, dodo birds and a yak. Their most recent, “Kit and Caboodle” is a street play telling stories of migration built around a pack mule puppet. Find out more at

The Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza is a family-centric event (with plenty of night time fun for adults, too!) that includes two park celebrations and over twenty performances and events at venues throughout Santa Barbara. This multicultural, bilingual festival will bring children, families, visitors and artists from all over the globe together for an unforgettable experience!

Events with Thingumajig Theatre

Giant Puppet Making Workshop: Feb: 17-19, 21-25, 27-28 (time TBD)
SBCAST, 513 Garden Street, Santa Barbara

Thingumajig Theatre will lead a group of local artists through a two-week course teaching the fabrication of giant street puppets. Giant puppets take the captivating magic of puppets and expand them to work outside, on the streets and into fields. They create a focal point for a parade or a protest and they add spectacle and poetry to events. When created and performed with care, they can create the awe and openness necessary for an event or performance to transport the audience to another world.

Thingumajig Talk/Screening*: Feb 22, 1:00 PM, PuppetPalooza Central

Dodos Walkabout*: Feb 25, Paseo Square

Dodos Walkabout at Block Party*: March 1, 5:00-8:00PM, De La Guerra Plaza

Puppet Palooza Parade featuring Thingumajig*: March 4, 4:30PM, Alameda Park

*more details to come

Free PuppetPalooza Events

March 1: 1st Thursday Block Party off State Street (in partnership with Downtown SB).

March 2: Celebration of Families/Celebración de las Familias at Casa de la Guerra (in partnership with the Santa Barbara Historical Society).

March 1-4: Pop Up Puppets on State, where impromptu shows will play throughout the weekend at red and white striped stages peppering State Street.

A wide variety of jugglers, walkabouts, street performers and stilt walkers will perform throughout the area at all venues.

Thingumajig Theatre will stage impromptu performances of their walking, talking DoDo Birds throughout the city.

Other performances will be ticketed, but every attempt will be made to keep the ticket prices low while sustaining the high quality of the presentations. Children 3 and under get in free for all shows!