Jan Bussell &
Ann Hogarth founded The Hogarth Puppets in 1932. They
are best known for their "Muffin the Mule" TV series
with Annette Mills, although they spent many years
touring marionette shows before and after this.
Both Jan and Ann were professionally involved with drama
production for stage and radio before taking up puppetry
full time. However, once they embarked on their puppet
career, they soon became the largest and most innovative
touring puppet company in the UK with a very busy
schedule of tours, both at home and world-wide.
HOGARTH'S SHADOW SCENE
Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor" from "Sea Shanties",
a shadow puppet production by the Hogarth Puppets.
Jan Bussell was well-respected in International Puppetry
Circles and was the President of UNIMA from 1969 to
1976. He also wrote many articles and books, including
"Fanfare for Puppets".
After retirement, Jan and Ann continued to be heavily
involved with puppetry through their touring exhibition,
lecture demonstrations and writing.
WALLACE PEAT'S WESSEX PUPPETS
"The Taming of the Shrew" performed
by Wallace Peat's Wessex Puppets.
The Head of St Mary's Girls School,
Calne, wrote in 1940: "I do not think the girls
have ever been more enthusiastic. It was such a
thoroughly jolly performance."
GLOVE PUPPET BY WALLACE PEAT
A Glove Puppet from Wallace Peat's
Wessex Puppet Company. You can just make out the
spring-peg style hand designed to grip props.
Wallace Peat and his wife, Dodie, were highly prolific
glove puppet performers in the South of England in the
1930s and 40s. Their repertoire of plays included
"The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Tempest".