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  • Puppet Shows / Puppet Workshops
  • Punch and Judy Shows / Workshops
  • Magic Shows / Recycle Magic
  • Story Telling
  • Balloon Workshops
  • DBS Checked
  • Public Liability Insurance

We are based near Northampton but can travel to any location in the UK. We have experience entertaining children of all ages and can perform either to just a few children or to a whole school.

We provide various Workshops to fit into your school curriculum.  We can also perform our popular Magic and Fun Shows ideal for 'end of term' entertainment or school attendance rewards.  With being established for over 20 years you won't find any other entertainer with more experience.


    In this half day workshop first of all the children colour in and cut out their very own Fairytale character puppet show including Little Red Riding Hood, 3 Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. This is followed by Chris demonstrating various types of puppets from all over the world including string puppets from India and Cuba, a shadow puppet from China, finger puppets and he even makes a puppet from an old sock. The children then enjoy a live glove puppet show with a Circus theme which brings this fun filled, educational and creative session to an end.


    This year will mark the 355th anniversary of Punch & Judy. In 1662 Samuel Pepys first mentioned the show in his diaries so why not celebrate this historic event by booking a live performance at your school.

    Professor Chris Cullen has been performing Punch & Judy for over 20 years and its popularity is better today than ever before. With an authentic Mr Punch voice and sausage munching crocodile, this is slapstick comedy at its best.

    This is ideal for many school projects and can also include a short talk on the fascinationg history of the show if required.


    The 45 minute spot can be extended to a half day session by including a Punch & Judy workshop where the children make and keep their own miniature Punch & Judy show.


    We usually perform a 45 minute show featuring comedy magic, loads of audience participation and puppets including Scruffy the dog. The children have a great time, the teachers have a break and it makes the end of term something really special.

    1 ½ hour show - features all of the above plus a mini disco with games, competitions and party dancing etc.


    This action packed show is always a big hit with the children as they are both entertained and informed at the same time.  Throughout the 45 minute show Chris explains the importance of re-using, reducing and recycling.  First of all there is a Magic Recycling Machine where household items are recycled in front of the audience.  Chris then discusses the importance of re-using items and demonstrates this by performing magic tricks with things such as an empty soup can and even demonstrates a routine using a set of bathroom taps.  The fun packed show also includes a magical play with four audience members telling the story of Stan the Recycle Man.  To finish the show Scruffy the Dog assists the children in a Magic Recycling game.  The Recycle Magic Show is an entertaining way to start off your school project.  This can then be followed by a recycling workshop where children turn every day household items into sculptures they can keep. We can adapt this to fit around your timetable and is ideal for a morning or afternoon session or if time is an issue you can just book the Recycle Magic Show on its own.


    Chris encourages the children to use their own imagination.  Instead of just telling stories he also uses props and costumes that involve some of the children so the stories come alive.  He also discusses how adding structure to a story can improve the children’s own writing skills.


    Comedy magic is performed with an educational theme. With a little notice we can create a show featuring comedy, puppets and audience participation to just about any topic you require (colours, numbers, shapes etc.), this is an ideal way to educate children whilst having fun.


    Julie is a very accomplished balloon modeller and in our Balloon Modelling Workshop, not only does she demonstrate her skills with some creative balloon sculptures she also teaches the children some basic balloon modelling skills. Best of all the children get to take home the balloon models they have made.

  • I just wanted to say thank you for Wednesday. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves... as did the adults. I am really sorry I missed the end of the show as I had to set up outside ready for the afternoon. I wanted to thank you personally - never mind. I am sure we will see you again.

    Hi, just to say a really big thank you for our workshop last week. The children loved it ( as did the OFSTED inspector. )!!!!!!!!!!

    Just a quick note to say thank you so much for this morning's workshop. The children absolutely loved it! I was surprised that none of them knew what a Punch and Judy show was before you began, but they certainly know now and are all keen to do their own shows for one another and for their families. A great start to our Victorian holidays topic. Thank you!

    Best wishes, Kate and Butterflies Class

    We at Broughton Primary school would like to say a HUGE thank you for bringing your Punch and Judy show to our Year 1 sea-side day!! All the children had a truly amazing time watching the show (and so did the staff!!) Thank you once again for making this day extra special for us.

    I would just like to thank you once again for yet another fantastic Punch and Judy workshop!Your service to our school is outstanding and we couldn't recommend you enough, once again the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and it has been highly spoken of throughout the week! The children couldn't wait to get home and tell their families about their special day! Looking forward to booking you again next year

    Thank you so much for today. just to let you know that the pupils voted the Punch and Judy show the best part of the day. The teachers had never seen the pupils so engrossed! Thank you so much for making the day so great!

    Just a quick email to say thank you so much for such an enjoyable morning! The children thoroughly enjoyed their 'Punch and Judy experience' and are still talking about it now! They have produced some lovely work relating to the information they found out from the presentation. I will definately be booking a show package again and have recommended you to other schools!

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      10 Dychurch Lane
      Bozeat, Northants NN29 7JP

      Mon – Sat: 9AM – 5PM
      Sunday: Closed

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