Puppets Through America

By Walter Wilkinson, read by David Timson and abridged by Roy Apps.

80 or so years ago it was common to see an itinerant Punch and Judy man performing in the streets, or else pushing his show on a truck, looking for a likely place to set up his little theatre.

Such a man was Walter Wilkinson, who travelled about the British Isles with his Peep-Show in the first half of the last century.

But Wilkinson's fame grew beyond these shores, and in the mid 1930s he was invited to attend the Second Annual Festival of the Puppeteers of America.

Wilkinson and his wife travelled to America with their puppets and Peep-Show, and thus began a journey which took them across the United States, from New York City to New Mexico and back.

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20070617

Puppeteer Walter Wilkinson's account of his adventures in America with his travelling peep-show in the 1930s, abridged by Roy Apps and read by David Timson.

5/5: Puppets Return East

Wilkinson begins his journey back across America.

AR01Let Us Go To America!2006011620070520

By Walter Wilkinson, read by David Timson and abridged by Roy Apps.

80 or so years ago it was common to see an itinerant Punch and Judy man performing in the streets, or else pushing his show on a truck, looking for a likely place to set up his little theatre.

Such a man was Walter Wilkinson, who travelled about the British Isles with his Peep-Show in the first half of the last century.

But Wilkinson's fame grew beyond these shores, and in the mid 1930s he was invited to attend the Second Annual Festival of the Puppeteers of America.

Wilkinson and his wife travelled to America with their puppets and Peep-Show, and thus began a journey which took them across the United States, from New York City to New Mexico and back.Wilkinson and his wife travel to New York and, having described their hand-puppets as highly valuable, experience great difficulty in getting their property through Customs.

Producer David Blount

AR02On The Air With Martha Deane2006011720070527

Wilkinson describes being interviewed, while in New York, by radio chat show host, Martha Deane.

AR03The City Of Puppets2006011820070603

Wilkinson is amazed by the sophistication of the puppets he is invited to view at the Annual Festival of the Puppeteers of America, in Cincinnati.

AR04The Great South West2006011920070610

Wilkinson and his peep-show entertain lively and appreciative audiences in New Mexico.

AR05 LASTPuppets Return East20060120

Wilkinson and his peep-show move back East - from New Mexico to New York City, and then home.