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Seaside Punch & Judy workshop for schools 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.

FASCINATING WORKSHOPS

Victorian Seaside Punch & Judy

During term time Chris offers a variety of Workshops including 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 projects on the Seaside Holidays of the past or Victorian Street life.
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. While this workshop can be compressed to a single period a longer session is preferable.
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There is a web presentation which the children can view after Chris's visit. This reviews what they have learned and offers relevant pictures to download and print.
 

A World of Puppets

Chris can present a Puppet Workshop featuring puppets from around the world, showing the various kinds of puppets and suggesting ways in which they can be made. This is especially suitable if the children have a puppet making project themselves. This workshop can also finish with a performance.
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StoryBook Magic

Mr Bimbamboozle's Once Upon A Time Magic is a show featuring well known stories told by magic and designed to encourage the children to act out parts of a story and explore alternative outcomes.

In the StoryBook Magic workshop performance Chris uses magic tricks to retell favourite stories in a way which encourages the children to participate in the storytelling and encourages follow-up activities.
The stories currently being featured, with gorgeous illustrations and intriguing visual aids, are The Three Little Pigs, The Emperor's New Clothes, Robin Hood and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The presentation is altered to suit the age of the children.

The vocabulary can be varied to different age ranges, and the story content avoids anything frightening for the younger children. All the stories involve a great deal of humour and magical happenings, some children give assistance involving role play, and all encouraged to participate.
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Toys and Puppets That Move

Chris also collects Historical and Mechanical Toys and has prepared a schools workshop in which he demonstrates a plethora of toys from his collection. This can be angled towards a "playthings of the past" and the way they have changed or a design-technology discussion of the materials they are made from and way they are made to move.
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Some of the toys which appear in this workshop can be viewed by clicking here:
TOYS THAT MOVE


Teachers who are interested in any of the workshop presentations are invited to contact Chris to discuss this in detail.

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