MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2020 11:00AM
Punch and Judy – a subversive symbol from Commedia del’Arte to the present day
NEW YEAR LUNCH AND ENTERTAINMENT
11am for coffee and biscuits
At Wyck Hill House Hotel, Burford Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1HY
Mr Punch – the most famous puppet character of all time. His comic irreverence gave ‘Punch’ magazine its title. This anarchic vitality has inspired opera, ballet and punk rock and an 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 del’Arte tradition. Even today this Lord of Misrule uses 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!’.
In addition to his above lecture, Bertie will provide a magical surprise after our lunch!
Cost: Members £39, Guests £41
Please send your cheque made payable to The Arts Society Blockley and the completed booking form (on page 25) by 18 December 2019 to Naomi Brookes
Palm Tree Cottage, Station Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos GL56 0JZ
01608 652763, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bertie Pearce visited our society in December 2018 to great acclaim and we look forward to his return. He is the holder of a BA in Drama from Manchester University and a Diploma Internationale from the Ecole Internationale du Theatre, Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He lectures to cruise ship audiences, tours the world with his magic cabaret show and lectures to The Arts Society.