Punch and Judy For SchoolsI perform a special presentation for schools. The presentation can take into account the subject you are dealing with, whether it be the seaside, toys and puppets or the Victorians for example. I normally do a short talk leading through the 350 year old history of Mr Punch in the UK. From his first appearance in 1662 all the way to the Victorian parlour, and most famously the Victorian Seaside.
After the historical presentation it is normal before a Punch and Judy show to warm the audience up. Here the children are introduced to "oh no he didn’t" "Its behind you" amongst other Punch and Judy responses. Then I do a short sleight of hand magic show, where things appear and disappear and coins endlessly appear from the children’s ears.
Then I perform the Punch and Judy show. The show has all the traditional characters, including Judy, the clown, the baby, and escaped monkey, the policemen and of course the crocodile and sausages. It has all the traditional jokes and slapstick and is also entirely politically correct so you sit back and enjoy it. If you would like an idea of the reaction you are likely to get, have a listen to the the video. That was an iPhone recording of a show done for 50 children at Cross in Hand School in Sussex If you have any questions or inquires about anything at all please do not hesitate to give me a ring
Dear Gari, I wanted to write to send my huge thanks for today's performance. I can very confidently say that the children had a riot! The magic was spectacular and it was a real joy to watch them so enthused by such a traditional form of entertainment. They also learnt lots from your carefully pitched lesson on puppet shows through history. We will certainly be in touch when we get around to planning next year's Victorians/Toys topic. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like a testimonial. Thanks again
Jon Brunskill, Head of Year 2, Reach Academy Feltham
Thanks again for a fantastic show. The children were buzzing, so I asked them what they would rather have : a Punch and Judy show or 45 minutes on their X-box, and I'm sure you will be as pleased, as I was, to hear they said - Punch and Judy! See you next year!
Stacy Shulmeyer, Year 2 Teacher, Cross in Hand School, East Sussex