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‘That’s the way to do it!’

July 13th, 2012

If you’re looking for inspiration to create a miniature scene, then why not turn to Punch and Judy who this year celebrate their 350th anniversary.

Whilst they may not be ‘a pair of star-cross’d lovers’ in the mould of Romeo and Juliet, Punch and Judy have been inseparable since their first appearance in Covent Garden in 1662, an event witnessed by no less a person than Samuel Pepys.

Back in those days, Judy was called Joan but she was still on the end of a battering from her disreputable husband.   It’s amazing to think that 350 years later the same antics continue to amuse and entertain successive generations of children.

So do you fancy staging your own miniature version involving sausages and wife-battering?  Of course, no Punch and Judy show is complete without that strange voice of Mr Punch.  Apparently, it’s made using a silver reed called a swozzle.

“You keep it right at the back of your throat,” a contemporary Punch and Judy man told the Independent newspaper, “and if you swallow it there’s only way it can come out.”

To which Mr Punch might add, ‘That’s not the way to do it!’



One Comment to “‘That’s the way to do it!’”

  1. Christine (bluebird) Says:

    fascinating, especially about the voice. I had always assumed the ‘professor’ had to practice and practice to get that distinctive and recognisable voice.

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