Slapstick comedy comes to Annual Porchetta Day
THE comical antics of Punch and Judy will entertain crowds at the upcoming Annual Porchetta Day.
Adelaide performer Keith Preston is bringing his Historic Punch and Judy show to Gunnedah to give visitors to the annual food festival a glimpse of the street theatre of medieval Italy.
Mr Preston’s show is one of the few ‘authentic’ Punch and Judy puppet shows still surviving in Australia. The show includes lots of action, audience participation and slapstick comedy.
It is presented in the traditional style made famous by the early Punchmen of the Victorian and Edwardian periods and features many of the old characters, plots and scenes associated with the Punch and Judy show.
First seen in Australia in the 1840’s, the character of Punch actually dates back to medieval Italy.
Punch arrived in England in 1663 from Italy as the marionette Pulchinello (noted by the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys). ......