Punch and Judy
Our performance of Punch and Judy, the ever-controversial street play of Victorian England, has been enjoyed by audiences in Galveston's Dickens Festival. Currently, a Renaissance version is being performed at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, Louisiana every weekend in November and the first two weekends in December.
Punch and Judy continues to enthrall audiences of young and old alike. Ours is no exception. Since out earliest performances to the present day, our fans never seem to be disappointed.
What about the "violence" you may be wondering? Well, never fear. It's in there! We do however understand the concern of parents about today's young audiences being subjected to shows about toys hitting each other over their wooden toy heads with big red toy sticks. We have therefore made the following modifications in our show in keeping with the policies of the ASPCP (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Puppets):
1) Mr. Punch does not actually throw a real baby out of the window. He is given a "toy" baby to play with by Judy, in order to prove that he could be responsible enough to hold the "real thing".....he fails miserably.
2) Mr. Punch does not actually beat anyone to a complete and utter death. They are ready to argue that they are completely dead, however, much to the chagrin of the Punch.
3) Mr. Punch does hang the hangman in full view of the audience until he is dead, dead, dead...but not really. The hangman is protected by the ASPCH (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Hangmen) He, too, is only "mostly" dead.
4) The devil is a non-denominational entity who is beat upon the head until he is dead. Punch then rightly proclaims: "Huzzah, Huzzah, the devil is dead. Now we may all do as we like!" (note: the devil is not actually harmed in this production as he is a member of the ASPCD....the American Society for....well you know.)