- Based: Dorset
- Website: www.traditionalpunchandjudy.com
Since watching Professor Higgins’ Punch and Judy show on Weymouth beach as a small boy I was hooked and my passion for Punch has only developed over the years. I now feel extremely proud to be playing a small part in the story of our national puppet.
I perform the classic version of the show, full of slapstick silliness and knock-about nonsense. Children delight in the rare thrill of a live performance packed with audience participation, while the adults chuckle at Mr Punch’s anarchic antics and topical jokes. My show retains its old fashioned charm but is performed in the here and now for a modern day audience.
For me the most satisfying thing about performing Punch is hearing the sound of laughter from the young and young at heart”
I have been performing ever since I can remember, giving my first public performance at the age of eight. In 1999 I was awarded the title of ‘Britain’s Most Promising Young Professor’. I earned my ‘red and white’ stripes working at the seaside town of Weston super Mare where I entertained the holiday makers for seven summer seasons. Since then I have performed all over the country at venues including; The Millennium Dome, Chelsea Physic Garden and London’s Covent Garden - even at music festivals such as T4 on the Beach.
I earn my entire living from working in the entertainment industry as I am also a professional actor. However this is thanks to ‘Old Red Nose’ for it was he who introduced me to the theatre on Weymouth beach all those years ago. On the rare occasion that I am not performing I love carving my own puppets and creating the artwork for my show.
For me the most satisfying thing about performing Punch is hearing the sound of laughter from the young and young at heart. One of the joys of a good Punch and Judy show is that it can be enjoyed by all generations and all walks of life.