Here’s a show I really wanted to see last year but just couldn’t fit it into our schedule. It’s the Cafe Debris Company’s production of The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show, on at Attic Two @ The Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, West Nicholson Street, at 21:45 on Monday 22nd. Here’s the blurb: “Forget puppets! The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show is a hysterical, murderous live action romp, so leave your sensitivities at the door and enjoy this wicked adults-only spectacle. Based on the 1832 puppet show by Collier and Cruikshank, The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show is a viciously dark comedy inspired by burlesque, vaudeville and grotesque theatre. This is a no holds barred assault on masculinity and what it means to be a white male.”
Here’s an extract of one review I read: “With elements of Brecht savagely intertwined with Restoration bawdiness this is a surprisingly sophisticated deeply tongue in cheek utterly filthy piece of perfectly timed understated crude, rude and provocative brilliance.” Not quite sure what to expect, but I’m not expecting subtlety. Christine Firkin, Les Asmussen, Jimmi Mercieca and Brent Thorpe will no doubt be performing their socks off for us. Check back about 11.00 to see if we’re still laughing and by then the preview blog for our final show of the day should be available to read too.
Ok well the first thing to say is this is NOT for the easily offended. It’s possibly not even suitable for the moderately offendable! However, park your inhibitions at the front door, remember that Punch and Judy is, essentially, a murderous psychopathic romp, and add a touch of sexual ambiguity to the whole thing and Bob’s Your Uncle! We thought it was very funny and performed with an inordinate amount of spunk. (You know what I mean). A good many people left before the end, but I’m sure you, gentle reader, will want to see how Mr Punch is an excessively lascivious and disgusting person right to the bitter end. Take a risky chance!