St Bridgets on the Wirral is a very old church, a Primary School and an enthusiastic Community who every year put on a St Bridgets Summer Fair towards the end of June. For the past four or five years that I’ve been attending with my Punch & Judy show the event has been blessed with sunshine. It’s a fairly low key event with perhaps only dozen stalls, a bouncy castle and Punch & Judy, a burger barbeque and a stall offering strawberries and cream.. They have a brass band, handbell ringing demonstrations in the church, and Maypole Dancing by children from the school. It is always well supported and is one I look forward to each year. It has a reassuring timeless feel and is not all that different from the Garden Party in the Vicarage garden which I remember as a child, although in those days we didn’t have a brass band, or a Punch & Judy for that matter, but we did have a bran tub!
This year the Fair was opened by the Mayor of the Wirral (The Wirral being a Metropolitan Borough I learned). He and the Mayoress stayed for the whole afternoon. I had just finished my last show and was beginning to pack up when the Mayor’s minder (there must be some official title but I don’t know it) came to ask if Mr Punch was still available for a photograph with the be-chained couple. Of course Punch agreed, well he’s always been a supporter of Civic Authority, and he cheekily asked for a copy of the picture. The Mayoress asked for a business card, so can we look forward to a summons to the Mayor’s Parlour?
13th to 15th July 2018
(Beverley is in East Yorkshire)
I’ve just been sent leaflets and brochures to publicize this event but sadly the theatre will not be open until the Summer Holidays so I thought I’d just mention it on here. It sounds an exciting event with a lot of puppetry from all over Britain, with 32 ticketed events and 14 free Outdoor Acts.
With Puppetry for ADULTS & FOR CHILDREN
The website for more information, the programme, and for booking seats is:
Facebook: beverleypuppetfestival Twitter: @bevpuppetfest
Telephone: 01482 391672 and 07855 328552
Well the Summer has started with some lovely sunny days. The Caerwys Agricultural Show, which coincided with The Queen’s Official Birthday, was blessed with glorious sunshine. They deserved the good weather since last year’s event suffered the worst weather I have ever experienced for a show. It was so wet and the ground so waterlogged that the cars and trucks were getting bogged down getting on to the showground. It got worse, in fact it rained all day long. So it seemed only fair that they should strike lucky this year.
I did three shows during the day with goodly crowds for each.
I’ve also been busy in the Harlequin with school shows – two coming from Northern Ireland and a third from the Sheffield area. There are less of these private bookings these days, partly due to the high cost of transport but also to the increasing health and safety complications involved in planning such trips.
They usually are older children, around 11 years old, and they make a lovely audience, eager and appreciative.
I’ve just taken a break from rehearsing Alice which I am startingearly since as it gets nearer to end of term I’ll have less time due to work in schools. This is when many of the schools book me to visit the school with a puppet themed workshop, usually to fit in with their Seaside topic.
Now excuse me, there’s a Duchess and a Cheshire Cat need my attention.
The Sun is shining and the Summer is on its way. Yesterday was the last day of the late May Holiday when we presented “A Silly King and the Wrong Wife” and also “The Little Ballet of the Handkerchief Princess” which, together with ourBimbamboozle Magic Tricks and Marionette Cabaret mad for a longer show than usual, almost two hours. Everyone seemed to enjoy the show and I had lots of lovely appreciative comments and some really delightful little helpers with the Magic.
I’m now making plans for the Summer Holidays when the feature production will a potpourri of favourite scenes from “Alice in Wonderland” and I’ve sneaked in Humpty Dumpty from “Alice through the Looking Glass”.
Next Saturday is the the first of the weekends where I present Punch and Judy at fetes and galas. This is the Caerwys Agricultural Show. Last year was the first time I have appeared at this show and I met some very nice families. I am looking forward to my visit on the 9th June. when I will be presenting two Punch & Judy Shows and a Magic Show during the day. If you fancy visiting this traditional and well run event it is The Caerwys Agricultural Show, Gatehouse Fields, Babell, CH8 8PY. My shows will probably be at 12.30, 2.30 and 4.15