||"Jana's Punch and Judy Show"
by Jana Lowsma
I started in 1997 with a kit for a 9 x 12 box which contains
the whole scene. It has glass on the front and on part of the
top. Once I decided I wanted to do a Punch and Judy show I had
the great pleasure of researching and then the job of deciding
how I could present as much of the spirit of the show as possible
in this small space and in 1/12 scale.
I didn't want the scene to be identified with a particular time
period but I did want a synopsis of the historical Punch. The
stage-within-a-stage helps to present the troupe, the clock shows
that there will be a show later, but this isn't it.
The puppets in conversation with the professor are all visible
because it's between shows. I put in some props -- a suitcase
to carry the puppets, gallows, drum, sausages -- and would have
liked to do more but decided to use a little restraint. The number
of puppets was arbitrary, too, but seemed plenty for one punchman.
The puppets are made of Paper Clay and painted. The 6 Fimo man
who is the professor was made by Darla Knox. I wanted the puppets
to be somewhat crude, reflecting my favorites among the old pictures
I'd found, and remembering that like human actors these characters
are, after all, in stage makeup. Punch is sitting on the board,
not down in the trunk. He is a star. The baby is on the ground