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The PJF’s three day festival - Mr. Punch and Friends - was held in the historic city of Lincoln under the expert guidance of committee members Prof John Thursby and Prof Clive Chandler. It was funded with money from Lincoln BIG (Business Improvement Group) topped up by a sum from the PJF coffers (inc a sum from The Big Grin) plus money from Lincoln Castle. Clive then made a PJF application to Arts Council England to double the budget. This proved successful and allowed the PJF to mount a substantial event.
This year’s May Fayre took place on 10 May 2015 at St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2. The day began with a Grand Procession at 11am led by the Superior Brass Band, followed by a Special Church Service at 12noon, and performances until 5.30pm. We hope all who participated enjoyed the day!
Prof Glyn Edwards presents ‘An Introduction to Punch and Judy Performance’ at The Little Angel Theatre on 15 May. Glyn Edwards takes you on a day trip into the world-turned-upside-down of Mr. Punch and his rule breaking, convention flouting wooden cast. Unleash your inner anarchist and join the fun. (Trigger warning: crocodiles) Your trip will include an insight into the true nature of the living tradition; a chance to try your skill at Mr. Punch’s authentic voice; an opportunity to learn one of the classic routines and create one of your own plus plenty of slapstick wielding and no-holds barred puppetry. Find out more on the Little Angel’s Website here.