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Booking Information

My show is a great novelty feature for all events including: Festivals, Fetes, County Shows, Carnivals, Street Parties, Shopping Centres, Attractions, Holiday Parks, Schools (with after show talk), Museums, Parties and Celebrations, Weddings, Corporate Events, Christmas Fairs, and Seaside / Victorian themed events.

Whether you need a single show or a series of shows throughout your event, please give me a call or email to discuss your requirements.
I mainly cover Dorset and the surrounding counties but I am also available for bookings in the London area (where I also spend a lot of my time). I am happy to travel further afield for large events.

Please understand that I am a Punch and Judy specialist rather than being an all round children’s entertainer, I don’t perform magic / balloon modelling or similar.

Prices:

All prices vary depending on the type of event, number of performances and, of course, the location.

Many people think that all Punch and Judy shows are the same - they are not!  Shows vary considerably in quality, style, and appearance depending on the showman. I believe I provide a quality show at a fair price which is in line with my fellow professionals.

I offer a 10% discount for charities and fundraising events. I never perform for free or take a collection in place of a fee but organisations often choose to make their own collection to help cover costs. Please understand that I earn my entire living from working in the entertainment industry and this is the very best I can offer.

Booking:

I require written confirmation of the booking by email or post.  No deposit is required and the full fee is payable on the day, unless otherwise agreed. A cancelation fee will be charged (which will be half the full fee) if shows are cancelled any later than one month prior to the booking.

Practical Information:

Shows generally last between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the booker’s requirements.

The show is fully self contained with its own power supply and PA system.

As a member of Equity I have public liability insurance cover up to 10 million pounds.

Setting up takes up to 50 minutes and packing away takes up to 30 minutes. 

My standard booth is 2m 28cm tall (Please let me know if you have a low ceiling in advance!), 1m 10cm wide and 94cm deep. The audience sit approx. 2 meters from the front of the booth.

Getting the Best from the Show:

For outdoor events it’s always a good idea to have a plan B for bad weather! (Fees will still have to be paid if shows are rained off).

Ideally the Punch and Judy show should be located in a prominent location where it can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Mr. Punch can draw large crowds so be sure to leave enough space!

Shows should be programmed so that they don’t clash with other noisy entertainments or events.

Typically, I perform 2 – 3 shows at public events. A  minimum gap of 45 minutes is recommended between the end of one performance and the beginning of the next.

It’s always best to position the show away from noisy attractions such as fairground organs, bouncy castles and generators etc.

At outdoor events a soft / grassy surface is preferable to a hard surface as guy ropes are used to secure the booth, if this is not possible alternative anchor points should be considered.

The show should be sited on level ground in a position which avoids the children looking directly in to the sun.

Once the show is set it is difficult to move without dismantling and reassembling, however, as a necessity, it can be moved very short distances without dismantling.

At private / indoor events a responsible adult must always be present and nearby at all events.

Although not essential, being able to park near the pitch would be very much appreciated.