Street Organ

The Traditional Favourite...

... including the Crocodile, Baby, Policeman, the title characters and the sausages! By the end of the tale Punch (and the children) learn that bad behaviour has bad consequences, and should be avoided.

I perform a slightly updated version of the traditional 17th Century show, featuring the crucial moral underpinning of the show. At the end of the show Punch learns an important lesson about the consequences of being unkind, while also admitting that he has done wrong - the vital first step towards future good behaviour.

Every single show is performed live - not pre-recorded - to allow full interaction with the audience. You will also hear Mr. Punch's very distinctive voice - without it, it's just not Punch & Judy!

Captain Franko's Punch & Judy equipment has just been lovingly hand-refurbished, after giving him 14 years of loyal service, it's now ready for another 40!

You can see some photos of this act here.

 

Are Punch & Judy Funny?


Before I started performing Punch & Judy, I felt a little uneasy with a show featuring slapstick violence.

When compared, however, to the very realistic violence to which so many children are exposed on television & film & gaming, the slapstick blows to (obviously) wooden heads in Punch & Judy pale into insignificance. The children fully understand the moral message running through the Punch & Judy show - I know because I ask them whenever I can. Children are smarter than many like to think.

I grew up watching "Tom & Jerry", and have never hurt a cat (quite the opposite - I have homed more than one rescued cat), I also enjoyed the tale "Goldilocks", but never felt the desire to break & enter someone's house to steal porridge!

Simply put, If I thought the show was in any way harmful to kids, I would not do it - and no amount of money could persuade me otherwise.

Or, as Charles Dickens put it:

"In my opinion the Street Punch is one of those extravagant reliefs from the realities of life which would lose its hold upon the people if it were made moral and instructive. I regard it as quite harmless and as an outrageous joke which no one in existence would think of regarding as an incentive to any kind of action or as a model for any kind of conduct. It is possible, I think, that one secret source of pleasure very generally derived from this performance is the satisfaction the spectator feels in the circumstances that likenesses of men and women can be so knocked about without any pain or suffering." (From a letter he wrote to an anti-Punch activist in the late 1840s.)