Punch & Judy
at the Seaside

Once Upon A Time
Story telling workshop

Puppets &
Toys that Move

A World
of Puppets

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01492 548166



Chris Somerville's Children's Show combining Magic and Punch & Judy is always delightful for the end of term treat and early bookings are especially suggested for the Christmas period when Chris is heavily in demand when everybody wants the same last two weeks of term. Similarly June and July weekends book up very quickly for Fun Days.

WORKSHOPS - Seaside Holidays - Victorian Entertainment - Puppets & Puppetry

During term time Chris offers a Punch and Judy Workshop, where he talks about the Punch and Judy tradition, and how it came to be associated with the Seaside. The fascinating story of how Mr Punch came from Italy to London as a string puppet, recorded by Samuel Pepys, how he transformed into a glove puppet and became a popular Victorian street entertainment, and how he followed the crowds to the seaside can be presented at a level to be appreciated by infants or juniors, and can fit in with Key Stage 1/2 projects and be readily angled to the Victorian or Seaside theme.

Before the pupils experience the excitement of a live performance of his sparkling Punch & Judy show, Chris takes plenty of time to explain the progress of the show from being a popular form of Victorian street entertainment to becoming a firm favourite with Victorian holiday makers at the seaside. All explored in an easy to understand and light hearted way.

From Bathing Machines and Donkey Rides, to Piers and the Hokey Pokey Man. Pupils will discover how the Victorians travelled to the seaside and what they did when they got there.

Chris also briefly explains how his puppet theatre works by allowing pupils to see behind the scenes as well as giving a demonstration of the Swazzle, the secret instrument Chris uses to produce the authentic squeaky voice of Mr. Punch.

The talk is illustrated with pictures and puppets, and includes a performance of the traditional show, and can finish with a Question and Answer session.

There is a web presentation which the older children can view after Chris's visit. (He is working on a web presentation for younger children.)
This reviews what they have learned and offers relevant pictures to download and print.
You can preview this presentation which indicates the historical content of the workshop.