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     We could not allow Puppet Month to go by at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana without wishing a very Happy Birthday to Mr. Punch who is celebrating 350 years of terrifying minors with his anger-management issues.

 

     Here are a few Punch facts to peruse if the pictures haven’t made you run screaming from this post ~

*  Punch & Judy performers are known as “Professors” and are sometimes assisted by a “Bottler” who corrals the audience, collects money and provides musical accompaniment. 

*  Mr. Punch is a manifestation of the mythological Trickster archetype.  His current anglicized form was adapted from the sixteenth century Neapolitan character Pulcinella from the Italian Commedia Dell’ Arte. 

*  Diarist Samuel Pepys recorded Punch’s début in London’s Covent Garden in 1662.

*  Punch regularly beats the other characters with a wooden baton known as a “slapstick”, a name now used as a collective term for a genre of physical comedy.

*  The Punch & Judy Show was originally intended for adults.  Contentious characters such as The Devil and Punch’s mistress Pretty Polly were sidelined in the late Victorian era as the performances were adapted for children.

*  The device which creates Punch’s familiar rasp is called a swazzle.

 

     Click the smiley for lots more information 🙂

 

 

Punch & Judy Pub, Norfolk, UK.

 

 

     Finally, a little treat from Stop-Motion Maestro Jan Svankmajer.  Don’t have nightmares, Blogsprites! 

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     The Beverley Arts Trust are hosting their popular biennial Puppet Festival from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of July this year!  If you have never visited the market town or its colourful festival before I can heartily recommend both.

     The event features a wide range of performances, exhibitions and workshops for all age groups with free and ticketed shows.

     The Puppet Festival has a very comprehensive website featuring printable programmes and details of all shows, activities and prices.  Just click the picture of The Three Billy Pigs to link to all the information you will need.

     If you require any more persuading here are a few clips showcasing 2012’s performers and if you live close by please share this link and help to promote The Beverley Puppet Festival 🙂

     I may see you there… 

     Noisy Oyster from Frome, Somerset, UK.

     Stephen Mottram (Oxford, UK) Animata.

     Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

     Indigo Moon Theatre.  Alice And The White Rabbit, Beverley (East Yorkshire, UK).

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I would love to see this Hamlet Marionette Show in Brussels!
Such a lovely find for Puppet & Marionette month at http://www.lilywight.com

Browsing The Atlas

In search of something new to do in Brussels, I stumbled upon a sandwich-board sign for a marionette show at Theatre Royal de Toone. It pointed down an alley to a courtyard and a cafe/bar, so I wandered down to find out more. The bartender said that there would be a show at 8:30. “Hamlet,” he said. 

A marionette show of Hamlet? How could I resist?

With an hour to kill, I headed back outside for a Kriek (Belgium’s famed cherry beer). The surroundings were strange, to say the least. There were a few tables on the broken brick path and a few more plastic white tables in the unmown grass. We seemed to be in a courtyard behind buildings that were never meant to be seen from the back. It was rundown, but also had a backyard feel to it. Most of the people sitting there seemed to know…

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     Hello Blogsprites,

     

     If you like rude and musical puppets (who doesn’t ?)  I can recommend Avenue Q at Hull’s New Theatre (UK)  from tomorrow night until Saturday 7th July 2012.

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I shall acquire one erst I die!!!

Izcentric

They’re the most adorable plushy’s I’ve seen along side Skelanimals. (Vamplets) These little blood suckers, werewolves, monsters, etc., make me want to hug my skully to death.

o,.,o Wait no! If I do that then my poor skelanimal bat will then be left without a head. Now if only I could fall into a bed of my Diego skelanimal bat with little vamplets.

Here’s the link to the shop: http://www.vamplets.com/

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Empress of Aliens

Can I have one too? She’s quite a find x

audirose

Another stunning doll from designer Bill Greening!  She is stunning and will most certainly mesmerize any human or alien alike !!  She will soon be released  (June 2012) and I can’t wait to get my hands on her!  

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Updated 26/02/2015

There's No Room Back Here.

I know I’m late to the game here but this is amazing. I only discovered Street of Crocodiles after reading Bruno Schulz for the first time, embarrassingly only a few days ago. Gotta start somewhere.

EAT YOUR HEART OUT, DAVID LYNCH.

On a side note, Bruno Schulz is my new obsession. I will facebooklike him in my heart for ever and ever and ever. I’m aware that I’m a huge geek because I’m fangirling over a dead Polish author with a very small body of work, a man who was most likely a bit creepy.

Example A:

This is an old picture and the quality is compromised clearly, but LOOK AT HIS FACE. Stop staring at me like that, stop it. No.

In any case, the short novel The Street of Crocodiles / The Cinnamon Shops are online. Go read a book! (On a computer screen.) Even the cover…

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