A complete Punch and Judy puppet theatre
The carved wooden and painted hand puppets with brightly painted features includes, Punch, Judy, baby, policeman, ghost, china-man, pair of boxers, clown, town crier, crocodile, hangman, three black musicians, together with an extra larger punch head, ventriloquist dummy, various tricks, accessories, red and white striped tent with clock.
This puppet theatre belonged to Patrick Murphy, stage name Peter King or Clown Murray, He performed Punch and Judy on Littlehampton beach in the 1950's and sometimes at Brighton. He also performed Punch and Judy and magic at children's parties and was a member of the magic circle. he used a swazzle for the voices and was passionate about his craft. He also appeared on the cover of the Readers Digest with his Punch and Judy tent. He organised the sand castle competitions on the beach at Littlehampton along with his Punch and Judy performances, which proved very popular. He continued to perform shows well into his 70's.