Part animal and part mechanical, Hieronymus the hippo is feeling under the weather. Fortunately, his companion doctor/mechanic is only too eager to show you what’s under the bonnet to diagnose the problem. What follows is an array of puppet shows built into the troubled creature revealing the origin of his malaise.


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by Thingumajig Theatre

Performance Styles

  • Walkabouts
  • Puppetry

Hippochondriac is a brilliant spectacle and an exciting interaction for both young and old. The fascination with cleaning the Hippo’s teeth is universal.

— Lynne Pattison, Arts Development Officer, Blackpool

It was a fantastic weekend, fully exceeding our expectations! Andrew and Kathy were brilliant, so joyous and funny, and as the first walkabout really set the tone for the weekend. Many thanks again.

— Alison Denholm, City Arts, Nottingham Puppet Festival