Punch and Judy Playset

Print both parts of the booth on thin card. Make certain that both pages are printed at exactly the same magnification, otherwise the model will not fit together properly!

Cut out the booth and figures, fold along the dotted lines and glue together as shown in figures 1 and 2 (above)

Tape a drinking straw to the back of each character, so they can be operated through the hole in the bottom of the booth(below)


Although his roots go right back to ancient Rome, the Mr Punch that we know today was born in 17th century Italy. His name then was not Punch but Pulcinella, and he was not a puppet but a character in the commedia dell'arte. As Punclinella's popularity spread throughout Europe, he began to appear in puppet form too – not as a glove puppet, but as a stringed marionette – and by the middle of the 17th century he was well known in France, where they called him Polichinelle.

The first Italian puppeteers came to England around 1660, and within a couple of years the first written reference was made to Punch, in the famous diary of Samuel Pepys.

By 1700 many puppet shows were touring the tountry with travelling showmen, and most of these shows include Punch and June (who was only later to be known by the more-familiar name of Judy).

By about 1790 marionette shows were beginning to lose their apeal – though Punch and Judy did not lose theirs! Instead they simply reappeared as glove puppets, and by the early 19th century Punch's personality and appearance weere well established in the form we still know today: a hook-nosed, hump-backed, wife-beating lawbreaker… with a special magic that still appeals as strongly as ever to children – and adults – everywhere.

Once you've made this little Punch and Judy set you can be your own Punch and Judy Professor and start giving your own traditional Punch and Judy shows – in miniature. That's the way to do it!

It should be noted that the games of children are not games, and must be considered as their most serious actions.

Michel de Montaigne


Above: page one
Below: page two

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