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Philip Neil Collins

Speaker Topics

Entertainment & Comedy, Music, History

Locations Covered​

- West Midlands


£75 - £150


Short Notice

Profile Bio

After a career in sales, 2012 my life changed direction when I purchased a complete Punch & Judy outfit and a ukulele!
Since then I have been performing a traditional Punch & Judy shows at events which include Steam rallies, Country Fairs, Fetes and Children's parties.
I was also fascinated by the history of Mr. Punch, whos origins lie in the Italian masked theatre form Commedia'dell arte. This inspired me to give a talk on the subject.
With my little ukulele, I have been to some great places and met some wonderful people. I have formed several bands including The Ukeholics and The Pop-Tarts and have great fun teaching the instrument to newbies at workshops.

Talk Description

The History of Punch & Judy

A fun talk on the history of Britain’s most famous hand puppets. Phil, aka Professor Collywobbles takes you through the journey, from Mr Punch’s humble beginnings in Italy to his arrival in England over 360 years ago. Punch & Judy shows became commonplace in many large seaside resorts throughout the land. The professor also gives you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of his traditional show. and includes a short performance at the end of his talk.
Up to an hour’s entertainment

Other Talks

The History of the Two Ronnies
Nostalgic British Comedy Radio Shows
Gloucestershire & Worcestershire Inventions
A History of Cheltenham through Picture Postcards
What the Dickens
A Dickensian Christmas
Fun with a G String (Ukulele workshop)
Ukulele Phil & Friends (Ukulele history, fun and performance)

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