Extending far beyond the proscenium of a typical puppet booth, The Devil & Mister Punch is a beautiful, dark, quirky odyssey inspired by the legendary figures of Punch and Judy. It 19th century puppet shows, itinerant Medicine shows, jug band music, and the British music hall bit parts from a ‘traditional’ show extend, unfold, interweave. With crocodiles, car chases, a singing bull, and sausages it explores love, fighting, loss, and being a puppeteer – what it means to be both seen and hidden.
images by Kevin Monko
The Creative Team: Led by Julian Crouch, with Rob Thirtle, Nick Haverson, John Foti, Saskia Lane, Jessica Scott, Seamus Maynard, Sarah Laux, Ragnar Freidank, and Marcus Doshi
Premiered at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival September 2011; Barbican, London February 2012