The Punch and Judy Show – A Subversive symbol from Commedia dell’Arte to the Present Day

Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 2.00 pm

Bertie Pearce

Bertie Pearce a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théâtre, Jacques Lecoq and is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Past experience includes lecturing to cruise ship audiences, the Women’s Institute, theatre clubs and the Sussex Magic Circle, as well as NADFAS. In addition, Bertie has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled ‘All Aboard’. He has written on entertainment for The Guardian.

Mr Punch – the most famous puppet character of all time. His comic irreverence gave “Punch” magazine its title. His anarchic vitality has inspired opera, ballet and punk rock and his enduring popularity has seen his likeness on goods ranging from Victorian silverware to computer video games. Appearing in England in 1662, Punch is descended from the Italian Clown Pulcinella of the 15th century Commedia dell’Arte tradition.  Even today, this ‘Lord of Misrule’ uses his slapstick to dispense with oppressive authority, be it politicians, Political Correctness or the devil, while proclaiming his notorious refrain: “That’s the way to do it!”

Find out more about Bertie and his entertainment here.


The lecture notes leaflet can be downloaded here


Below are photos of this lecture and our Volunteers’ Afternoon Tea event