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The UK;s largest mechanical puppet, The Man Engine, comes alive as puppeteers pull on ropes to move him beside the old pit head at Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall, as the mechanical miner kicks off his tour across parts of the UK over the coming months.

The only visit of The Man Engine to County Durham

  • START: 30/06/2018
  • FINISH: 30/06/2018

We’re very excited to be hosting the only visit to County Durham of The Man Engine: the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain. The Man Engine is coming to Willington. The Man Engine is giant animated puppet at a full height of 11.2 m in the form of a miner.

The Man Engine, powered by Volvo, crawls at 4m high & ‘transforms’ to stand at 11.2m high, powered by Volvo’s L220 wheeled-loader. The team behind the Man Engine, Golden Tree Productions, have produced a bespoke visual, theatrical and aural experience for the Willington stop, highlighting the significance of mining industry in South West Durham.

Originally touring across Cornwall last year, The Man Engine won the UK Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards 2017.
In 2018 it is touring to former coalfield areas across the UK – and the tour will culminate in Willington for the only appearance of the Man Engine in County Durham.

We are looking for existing choirs to be part of The Man Engine Choir….. with lyrics bespoke to County Durham – possibly using the names of former nearby collieries or the locations of Durham pit disasters. Read more about The Man Engine here and watch the video below to see for yourself just what’s headed our way:

Join us on 30th June in Willington for a completely unique event and celebrate the mining heritage of the area with our local communities.

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    The UK's largest mechanical puppet, The Man Engine, rises up beside the old pit head at Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall, as the mechanical miner kicks off his tour across parts of the UK over the coming months.

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    The Man Engine attacks the Mount!