APRIL 4, 2011

Punch and Judy and the (J)amalan (G)unk band in GOLDEN WEST Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular puppet show featuring the characters of Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the anarchic Punch and one other character. The show is performed by a single puppeteer inside the booth, known since Victorian times as a "Professor" and assisted sometimes by a "Bottler", who corrals the audience outside the booth, introduces the performance and collects the money ("the bottle"). The Bottler might also play accompanying music or sound effects on a drum or guitar and engage in back chat with the puppets. In Victorian times the drum and pan pipes were the instruments of choice. Today, the audience is also encouraged to participate, calling out to the characters on the stage to warn them of danger, or clue them into what is going on behind their backs. Also nowadays most Professors work solo since the need for a bottler became less important when busking with the show gave way to paid engagements at private parties or public events.

Punch and Judy and the (J)amalan (G)unk band in GOLDEN WEST

Is a tradional hand puppet show in the time honored fashion of Punch and Judy slapstick. This version was written using three traditional scripts of Punch and Judy and it’s colorful cast of characters rearranged to tell the story of a young local mans unfortunate death at the hands of SDPD. The writer and puppeteer being a close friend of the victim wanted to use his preferred medium of expression, puppetry, to honor his friend and also raise awareness to the public. The show is hilarious and fun while loudly protesting in a way that can be enjoyed by all ages. The show is performed once a year every April with hopes of involving a multiple of Punch professors around the world performing it the same day to create a collective conscious of laughter and awareness.