The Ballad of Jack and Poll

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


This multimedia puppet show uses novel film, animation, music and drawing to explore 18th and 19th century Portsmouth from the perspective of a sailor and his prostitute girlfriend. Although raucous and irreverent, the show explores many historical facts about life for people in Portsmouth and the difficulties endured both at sea and at home. This highly original puppet show also utilises 3-D printing for puppet parts and an array of visual, audio techniques which make this a highly immersive and unique experience. This will be the subject of several academic outputs to come.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Portsmouth, White Swan Building
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2023
EventPorts Fest - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 20232 Jul 2023


  • puppetry
  • history
  • Portsmouth
  • multi-media
  • 18th century
  • 19th century

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