Punch & Judy Jamboree
International Slapstick Symposium
May 13th and Sun. May 14th 2000
The Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon
Hill Park, Birmingham, UK
and Judy Are Celebrating BIG in Y2K
this once in a Millennium get-together of Punch Profs and enthusiasts
in a weekend of shows, workshops and seminars hosted under the
auspices of Old Red Nose. A chance to see guest performers from
the UK and overseas, to party with them and to celebrate the Punch
tradition as it enters the 21st Century.
Events (times and details below)also include FREE skills workshops and FREE entry to
a range of Punch debates and seminars plus a Millenniumum Photo-call
(Sun 2 o'c)
for all Profs
who bring their Punches. And of course there will be shows galore
plus Giant Dancing Punch and Judy (Sun. 11 o'c, 1.30 & 4.15) and a String of Sausages
1.30) and, of
course, Punch & Judy Shows from among the finest UK performers. (Sat: 11.15, 1.30 &
3.15. Plus Sun: 12 o'c & 2.15)
puppets, the Punchinello Fairground Organ, bubbles, the touring
photographic exhibition Shoot The Puppet: Shoot The Puppeteer,
the DaSilva Puppet Bookstall and The Mr. Punch Experience:
answering everyone's questions about the Punch & Judy tradition.
Plus (Sun. only)
with David Petts' Croquette Puppodile and Special Guest
Binod Das Baul (Sat.
1.30 & Sun. 12.15) with
a joyful blend of traditional music, rhythm and song of the Baul
people from Bengal.
from 11 am to 5pm on each day.
events FREE unless otherwise stated.
in association with the Midlands Puppet Forum and the Worldwide
Friends of Punch and Judy
Sat.1 o'c & 3.15. Sun.1
Puppet Players with Punch USA from California. See Old
Red Nose as performed by Brian Patterson with Heidi Wohlwend.
Traditional fun from a land where Mr. Punch has long been rooted
- and where he has even appeared on Broadway.
Sat. 12.30 & 3.15 Sun.
11.30 & 3.45 Compagnia
Degli Sbuffi from Castellemare di Stabia just outside Naples
bring the irrepressible Pulcinella all the way from the
place of his birth.
Sat. 11.45 Sun 12.30 Prof. Woodhead and her
magical partner Madame Abelli bring rascally Kasper from
Sat 2 o'c Sun. 2.45 Company Maskaras bring
the feisty little frying-pan weilding folk hero Vitez Lazslo
from his native Hungary.
1st International Slapstick Symposium
in association with The Punch & Judy College of Professors.
This is an opportunity for some serious - and not so serious -
debate about the Punch tradition. Each day
11.15 - 12.30
Saturday: Punch's Women Performers (leader: Caz Frost) and
Punch's Home Truths (leader: Dan Bishop)Sunday: Punch and Political Correctness (leader: Clive Chandler)and
Punch in the 21st Century (leader: Glyn Edwards). These
millennial deliberations will be published afterwards both on
the web and in print.
A chance for
professionals to polish up some skills. Sessions include Sat 12.30 Brian and Alison Davey on Making &
Costuming the Figures, Sat
4 o'c Glyn Edwards
Swazzle Surgery, Sun
Bridle on Creating New Routines, Sun 3 o'c Dan
Bishop on Character Voices, and Sun 3.30 Chris
Somerville on Punch on the Web.
sessions are limited to twenty persons on a 'first come- first
served' basis. Snail mail applications only, please, to Glyn Edwards,
Punch's Oak, Cleobury Rd., Far Forest, Worcs. DY14 9EB UK Outside
UK please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for reply.
Shows and Fun
Also a full
programme of top puppeteers and childrens' entertainers for the
and His Puppets Sat
11 o'c (tickets £4.20) with
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, Presto Puppets Sat. 2.30 (tickets £4.20) with RUMPELSTILTSKIN, On The Other Hand Puppet Theatre Co. Sun. 11 & 2.30 (tickets
Frank Muir's GOLDILOCKS & THE 3 BEARS, Hand
To Mouth Puppet Co. Sun.
with PIGGERY JOKERY, No Strings Attached Theatre Sat. 12.30 & 2.45 (free)
with ROBIN HOOD,
Plus Sat. 3
o'c (tickets £3.25) Mr.
Bimbamboozle's Childrens Magic Show and Sun. 3 o'c (tickets £3.25) Nik-Nak The Clown's Fun
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Online Global Party
If you are
not in the UK for the Millennium Jamboree you are invited to take
part in the online version.
Simply log on to our Punch Booth Bulletin Board any time during
the weekend May 13th and 14th to join in the festivities. Become
a virtual guest at the party and leave your personal millennium
message to the World's Punch Community, or you can post a question
to be answered by the assembled Punch professors.
will receive a free downloadable party bag of Millennium Punch
These items will be unique to this event and only available to
those logging on to The Punch Booth during the event.
The Punch Booth is open now, so why not investigate and Register
in advance. But you can only get the special millennium party
download by visiting during the Jamboree jollifications.
the e-way to do it!"
below for details.
This event is presented by PuppetLink Ltd with funding from the
UK Millennium Festrival Fund and West Midlands Arts. It is presented
in association with The Midlands Puppet Forum, The Worldwide
Friends of Punch and Judy and The Punch and Judy College of Professors.
For general enquiries contact Glyn Edwards