I describe myself as a Punch and Judy activist with a keen interest
in promoting Mr. Punch and his tradition.
For many years I wrote the Punchlines column in Animations (the UK puppetry magazine) before becoming editor of the magazine
Im a founder member of the two UK Punch bodies (The Punch and
Judy Fellowship and The Punch and Judy College of Professors)
and I originated The Worldwide Friends of Punch and Judy in order that Punch enthusiasts from around the globe could have
a networking organisation. It now has its own newsletter, Around The World with Mr. Punch , purely devoted to Punch and his puppet cousins.
I also teach the skills and traditions of the Punch and Judy Show
and am currently writing the book of the course.
Ive been a Punch Prof. for nearly 40 years and have performed
at most kinds of venue from seaside beaches and village greens
to Arts Festivals in the UK and mainland Europe. Unusual venues
have included the British Embassy in Moscow, the Victoria and
Albert Museum, and a very deprived inner city school in Naples.
My wife Mary is a puppeteer and puppet maker and we work together
as entertainers in Shopping Centres, Town Centres, Heritage and
Tourism sites and at Festivals, carnivals and celebrations. We
are based in Worcestershire, UK, and travel to wherever Mr. Punch
wants to go.
I have organised several Punch and Judy Festivals since being
bitten by the bug when attending my first one in 1962 when the
plaque commemorating Mr. Punchs 300th birthday was unveiled
in Covent Garden. The 325 Celebrations of 1987 that I mounted
to mark the next quarter century became a picture feature in the
1990 Guinness Book of Records celebrating the largest ever number
of Profs assembled in one place. 150 in all.
Promoting and writing about Punch is fun but it doesnt beat performing
the show and putting Punch and the cast through their paces in
front of a lively audience of children on the UK streets where
he is still a star attraction.
If youre a Punch enthusiast too, Ill be pleased to hear from
Prof. Glyn Edwards
Around The World With Mr. Punch
The Punch Page