Monday, September 16, 2013

PUNCHIES SPRINGTIME TOUR OF WESTERN VICTORIA

The Spring has sprung and it is time for Punch and Judy to do their tour of regional towns in Western Victoria!
 Tour dates and venues
Castlemaine  - Sunday Sept 22, 11am Wesley Hill Hall, Duke St 
Maldon   -  Monday Sept 23, 11am Maldon Neighbourhood Centre 
Woodend - Thursday 26 Sept, 11am   Woodend Community Centre
Daylesford -  Sunday  29 Sept, 11am The Rex Theatre Vincent St
Mt Macedon - Mon. 30 Sept, 11am CWA Hall 662 Mt Macedon Rd
Heathcote -  Thursday Oct 3, 11am Masonic Hall 82 High St 
Daylesford - Saturday Oct 5, 11 am The Rex Theatre Vincent St


KIDS $12.00 - ADULTS $12.00 – FAMILY (4) $40.00 - CONCESSIONS

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Punch and Judy Do Gilbert and Sullivan in Dunolly!

Not really, but they might, because  they have the pleasure of appearing at the Dunolly Gilbert and Sullivan Festival on October 12. This is a great weekend of fun and music in the lovely town of Dunolly in Western Victoria.  Performances 9.00am ansd 12.00am  See the website: http://www.dunolly.com.au/gilbert-sullivan-festival/ for details.





Saturday, May 25, 2013

RANGA AND WINGNUT ON THE SOS OSTRAYA

That's right! The first   five minute aepisode of Ranga and Wingnut has been completed and is available for viewing at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlBf5oExNSU



Follow the Good ship Ostraya as it navigates the treacherous waters of Ostrayan politics leading up to the  election. 
 Will Cap'n Ranga  sail safely through, or will cabin Boy Wingnut devise a cunning plan to oust her from the helm? Well he already has I can tell you! But you will have to wait for Episode 2 to find out  what this fine-statesman-in-waiting has up the sleeve of his Drip-dry.

Truth is stranger than fiction, but fiction can be pretty weird as well!

PUNCHIE COMES TO SYDNEY!

 'Punch and Judy' is coming to Sydney!  The whole cast is very excited and Death will finally come to Bondi which is good because he needs some sunlight.
 Punchie was offered the Opera House but he wanted something more regal, less seventies, so  we will be performing at Vaucluse House  in Wentworth Road Vauclause, on Sunday June 2 at 12.15 and 1.45pm.  at the  Victorian Vintage Sunday. Tickets for the day are available online at: http://www.hht.net.au/whats_on/event/festivals/a_victorian_sunday_at_home


Yes , very swanky, but Punchie and Co will be in the stables which will suit Toby who likes something to roll in. Lots of fun activities and food. See you there!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

PUNCHIE IN THE AUTUMN! DAYLESFORD, MACEDON RANGES REGIONAL TOUR APRIL 2 - 12

Just in case you missed it!  Punch and Judy are performing in their Autumn Tour in the Daylesford  and The Macedon Ranges region this school holidays!

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Daylesford     
Tues.  April 2   11.00am and 2.00pm -  The Rex Theatre, Vincent St, Daylesford
Kyneton         
Mon. April  8   11.00am    - Mechanics Institute Hall Mollison St, Kyneton
Gisborne        
Wed. April 10   11.00am     -The Masonic Hall, Atkins St Gisborne
Mt Macedon  
 Fri. April 12   11.00am - CWA Hall  Mt Macedon Rd Mt Macedon.

Kids $10.00             Adults $12.00                 Family ( 4) $40.00
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DOES PUNCH ENCOURAGE VIOLENCE IN KIDS?


 Punch and Judy sometimes gets criticism for encouraging and condoning violence. This criticism is usually  in response to its reputation rather than in rrsponst to a viewing of the performance.

The show is best understood within the tradition of fairy and folk-tales. Punch is an archetype in the comic tradition  He is a fool who is unable to learn by his mistakes and so repeats them and the child audience is not slow in picking this up. A contemporary parallel is Homer Simpson.

The play has ten characters  In performance at the beginning of the show the audience ( usually of children  aged 4 + with parents) are invited to  comment on Punch's behaviour  and interact with the characters during the show.  Punch is introduced  by the puppeteer as a character who is  deeply flawed, and not very smart, and so is in need of advice from them. They are encouraged, indeed schooled,  to judge and comment during the show.
 
 In the action, Punch is presented as a character who solves his problems through hitting other characters, usually accidentally killing them with a stick.  He is neglectful of his baby who he accidentally throws out  of a window, landing on a bus to Sydney. Judy hie wife, whom he loves, beats him for his neglect and he accidentally  kills her. He then goes on to accidentally kill others who attack him. The kids are usually both shocked and amused  by he action (it is comedy after all.) and tell Punch very clearly what he is doing wrong and what he should do. This puts the children in a position of moral authority  and knowledge over Punch, a position which they rarely have in their everyday ilfe where it is they who are instructed by others what to do and how to behave.

Not only that, they have permission to 'tell' Punch vocally. In effect, they become the 'parent' to Punch  their low status position in life ( parents, teachers, other siblings) is turned into a high status position.  I assure you, they become very vocal: they instruct, they criticise, they laugh at his poor judgement, and sometimes they encourage, as in Punch's struggle with the Devil and with Death near the end of the show.  In his dejected and remorseful state at the end of the show Judy and Baby are restored to him.


 The show is both puppetry and comedy. As puppetry, it is un-real, and safe. As comedy, it portrays human foible, fallibility and error in a  humorous context. No child walks away traumatised by this show although many walk away with ideas of creating their own puppet performances.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

PUNCHIE IN THE SPRINGTIME A PUNCH AND JUDY TOUR OF THE DAYLESFORD-MACEDON AREA

~ THE SPRINGTIME SEASON ~
MT MACEDON
WED SEPT 26
CWA HALL
662 MT MACEDON RD
CRESWICK
FRI SEPT 28
NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE HALL
CRESWICK
DAYLESFORD
SUN SEPT 30
SENIOR CITIZENS ROOM
VINCENT ST  DAYLESFORD
KYNETON
MON OCT 1
MECHANICS INSTITUTE HALL
MOLLISON ST  KYNETON
GISBORNE
WED OCT 3
MASONIC HALL   
CR AITKIN & FISHER ST  GISBORNE
ROMSEY
FRI  OCT 5
MECHANICS INSTITUTE HALL,
122 MAIN ST  ROMSEY
~ ALL SHOWS AT 11.00AM ~
KIDS $10.00 - ADULTS $12.00 – FAMILY (4) $40.00
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