Punch and Judy Review
P & J Review by Bryan Johnston, "Brilliant, but leave the kids at home" ****
The Tiger Lillies have arrived at the Festival with a sordid tale of Mr
Punch and his exploites, in a cackle of darkly comedic songs, puppets
and video. An end-of-the-pier Punch and Judy show this is not.
As the lillies enter the stage we are greeted with a menacing Mr Punch
teetering at the front of the stage. His first utterance? "Murder
is good, murder is fun it's better than sex I always . . . well
you get the picture. Taking us through Punch's life; courting Judy, the
birth and subsiquent death of their child and ultimately to the hanging
of Punch himself we are led through a series of even more Macabre
songs, most of which are too explicit to put in a review.
Accompanying the live action with some silent film
and large blow up puppets is all very well, although the
show did lack a theatricality.
At times it felt like we
were watching a concert by the bastard sons of Tom Lehrer, but still
for some entertaining songs and the most screwed up Punch and Judy you
will ever see this is hilarious. Brilliant, but leave the kids at home.