Continuing the tradition of Punch and Judy in Australia.

Punch & Judy in Australia

Punch and Judy came to Australia in the 1840’s and has continued to entertain young and older audiences ever since.

We believe that the Punch & Judy show is a rich cultural tradition and a delightful part of our social history. We are dedicated to continuing this tradition, keeping it alive and making it a relevant entertainment in today’s world.

Our shows are authentic to a tradition that dates back for hundreds of years and possibly even older.

[ Click to find out what a traditional show is. ]

We seek to participate in arts, cultural and community events and to inform people about this fascinating and enjoyable cultural tradition.

Our experience tells us that audiences of all ages still respond enthusiastically to this performance.


Audience enjoying a show in Barmera S.A. in the 1920s photo Harold Cazneaux

 


Professor Whatsit's Punch & Judy, Booktown Festival Clunes

Gallery

The Puppet Palace Punch association was put together in 2006 for the Melbourne International Puppet Festival. Here is a collection of images of our shows at the various events we have attended over the years since then.

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Two articles from the printed press

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Events

Sunday 9 July
Seppeltsfield Winery
Barossa Valley South Australia

20th - 23rd July
Port Adelaide national Railway Museum

19th & 20th August
Steam Punk festival
at the Port Adelaide national Railway Museum

Gumeracher Medieval festival

In May this year the Puppet Palace went full middle ages.

Illuminations in the "Romance of Alexander", a 14th century manuscript, show people watching a puppet show. The puppets look very similar to a Punch and Judy show. So we have recreated it. [ Click here ]

 

Contact

Email Keith for more information about adding a Punch and Judy show to your event.
Please provide a description of the event, dates and location and if possible any links to web pages related to the event.

In Adelaide: Keith Preston
Phone: 04 18 83 92 64

email: artbeatkp@aol.com

In Melbourne: Chris van der Craats
Phone: 04 30 57 48 44
email:Chris@speckinspce.com


Keith and Shivani Preston

 

Performances

We travel around Australia and internationally to perform our shows. From small private parties to national festivals we have a range of experience that will add this traditional, but rarely encountered, entertainment to enhance your event.

Click here for details about booking Punch & Judy
at your next event

Workshops

We can present workshops on the history and the art of Punch and Judy, either separately or in conjunction with a show.

The workshops deal with both the history of the show and characters as well as the basics of humour.

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Keith Preston during a workshop