Punch is 350 years old this year so it's definitely a tradition and it's great to be a part of that.
Today I went to Norwich Puppet Theatre for a day course about punch and Judy. It was called 'Getting away with Murder' and run by the lovely Martin Bridle. As part of the apprenticeship I'm also going to be spending some time learning from other great puppeteers. Sometimes in the form of courses like this one and sometimes 1:1.
It was highly informative but I came away somewhat scared of the swazzel! The little secret to the iconic Punch call, used to be heard above a busting crowd on the beach and draw in the audience, would that work on the streets of london now I wonder. I can't say that I'm now going to rush off and become a Punch Professor (A Professor is what a master punch performer is called) but I do have a much better understanding of this oft mis interpreted form of puppetry. I especially enjoyed all the talk about the Rhythm of Punch, something I can take to my work and definitely something to play with.