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Punch & Judy Kiwi Style

Episode:89Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context Communicating and Interpreting

Description:The traditional characters of Punch and Judy have entertained throughout the centuries. Te Papa curator Lynette Townsend shows us some Kiwi versions of these much-loved puppets.

Questions for students

  1. Who made these puppets? What old English tradition are they based on? Find out more about the original Punch and Judy characters and stories that are usually played out with the puppets.
  2. What did you learn from the Tale about the purpose and audiences for Garth Frost's Punch and Judy show? What social changes might mean the show would be different today?
  3. The presenter says the show used political and social satire. What does that mean? Is satire used in today's arts and media? Give some examples. What is the purpose of political or social satire?
  4. What distinctive features of the set tell you that it was made by a New Zealand artist. List the features. What do these features communicate to you today? What features might the artist choose to use today?
  5. Use the 'Ideas' response template to brainstorm ideas for a present-day puppet show using the Punch and Judy characters. Next, refine your most promising ideas and develop the show. Present the show, making puppets or using animation to bring your ideas to life.

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