The Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre is a marionette (string puppet) theatre. This kind of puppetry is more complex than glove or rod puppets and, because the puppeteers operate behind and above the marionettes, it requires a much bigger fit-up (staging).
To mark Armistice Day, here is an image of front line troops of “the Great War” enjoying the French version of Punch & Judy with Guignol as Punch, not only entertaining troops, but satirically, as a stand-in for political leaders of the time.
The image is from the archives of the Museum of Puppetry in Lyon (Musée Gadagne / Musée des arts de la marionette).
The stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse later provided a wonderful opportunity to use puppets to recreate a moving story from World War I. The story behind that stage production can be found in this Guardian article here: