When it comes to Punch & Judy puppets, one man is acclaimed the world over and is synonymous with their making - Bryan Clarke.
When Royal Mail produced a special edition of postage stamps in 2001 to celebrate Britain’s national puppet show, it was Bryan they turned to.
Bryan Clarke is a founding member of The Punch & Judy Club and has been a professional Punch & Judy man for well over 60 years and has been making and supplying puppets from his workshop near Lowestoft on the east coast of England for the last 35 years.
Hundreds of Punch & Judy performers throughout the UK and overseas use Bryan’s and Dorothy’s puppets. In the past he regularly made puppets for Supreme Magic and still makes them for Pollocks Toy Theatre Shop in Covent Garden, London and Davenports Magic, London.
Bryan’s vast knowledge and practical experience in puppetry means he is able to create all manner of puppets. From the simplest to the most elaborate of designs, Bryan is assisted by his wife Dorothy and hand carves all of the puppets himself in the traditional way from wood, as well as making lighter puppets using Papier Mâché.
When you buy puppets from Bryan and Dorothy Clarke, you are getting unique, workable, hand-made figures, no two of which are ever alike. As Bryan himself says “it’s always the quality that stays the same”.