That's the way to do it!

The Punch and Judy show can trace its roots to the 16th century to the Italian commedia dell'arte. The figure of Punch derives from the Neapolitan stock character of Pulcinella, which was Anglicized to Punchinello. He is a manifestation of the Lord of Misrule and Trickster figures of deep-rooted mythologies. Punch's wife was originally "Joan".


In the British "Punch and Judy" show Punch wears a jester's motley and is a hunchback whose hooked nose almost meets his curved jutting chin. He carries a stick, as large as himself, which he freely uses upon all the other characters in the show. He speaks in a distinctive squawking voice, produced by a contrivance known as a swazzle or swatchel which the Professor holds in his mouth, transmitting his gleeful cackle— "That's the way to do it". So important is Mr. Punch's signature sound that it is a matter of some controversy within Punch and Judy circles as to whether a 'non-swazzled' show can be considered a true Punch and Judy Show.


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  • Larigan 6y

    Great textures! I used to hate Punch and Judy shows as a child - those ugly voices and all the hitting....
  • john willis PRO 6y

    It`s ages since I saw a real Punch & Judy show. I always loved it ,even as a child ...the black humour etc ....but then I`ve always been odd.!!! Super nostalgic image.
  • Harry T PRO 6y

    Wow! ...such fun.
  • Vici PRO 6y

    Punch and Judy!! Wow... I haven't heard of them in YEARS!!!! Oddly enough, I never really saw/watched them - just heard about them. Cool shot!!
  • Marinella 6y

    Beautiful image, very well done!
  • Katie-Rose PRO 6y

    Great capture!
  • Ken Yuel PRO 6y

    I have always liked these little characters.....I like that textured look AJ, pleasing and appealing.....thanks for that, enjoy!!!
  • *GloriousNature*bySusanGaryPhotography 6y

    they are so cute the texture work here as well!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Pam Sutton Photography 6y

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE punch and Judy!

    Merry Christmas to you AJ and your entire family!
  • Ray Wise 6y

    hehe.. wonderful - this takes me back!
  • Dave Palugyay 6y

    Takes my mind back a few years to my childhood in England. I like your choice of colors and texture.
  • sunshadows PRO 6y

    love it!

    Beautiful !

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  • blypix 6y

    interesting, the only "punch and judy" i know is from that song! :)
  • Bigbird3 PRO 6y

    When we were in Rome a couple of years ago we saw a traditional Punch and Judy show. My Italian friend got talking to the old couple who ran it and they had been doing the show for 50 years. One woman in the audience had her grandaughter with her but could remember being taken to the show as a child. It was sad because they told my friend that young boys came and threw stones at them now. So yobs are not just the bane of the English it would seem
  • The Punch & Judy Fellowship 6y

    Punch & Judy shows are very much still part of British culture, the show is more popular than ever before, although not widely seen at the seaside as it once was, the demand for the show is still great.

    The Punch & Judy Fellowship, which was started alomst 30 years ago is the largest organisation of its kind devoted to keeping alive the traditions of Britain's much loved national puppet show. More details about the Punch & Judy Fellowship can be found on our website at
  • Keith Mason PRO 6y

    love this one
  • Karen Peacock 6y

    Just charming.
  • Marie Lancup PRO 6y

    Great pic, and thank you for enlightening me about Punch & Judy - I'd never taken the time to research the origins.
  • Hulalulatallulahoop 6y

    Love this...i've only ever seen one show of Punch and Judy and that was enjoyable.....i haven't seen many shows since in the UK...a great shot and great information!!

    Thank you for the invites :-)))))
  • Hulalulatallulahoop 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Michelangelo's Box (Invited Images Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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