A lifetime of performing the show and reflecting
upon its whys and wherefores led to this new book by Glyn Edwards. The first of its
kind to look at the theory as well as the practice of Punch & Judy.
This book delves
into the riches of the tradition and ponders the powerful elements - from social
comment to surreal nonsense - that have kept it alive and up to date down the centuries.
It also includes a contemporary annotated script, guidance on how to write for Punch
and Judy, the moves of various routines, discussion on the distinctive voice of Punch
and strategies for tailoring each performance to suit the circumstances it is performed
For the merely curious it provides a peek into the inner workings of Punch & Judy.
For performers its thought-provoking content will help them examine what they do
and lead them to identify any opportunities there might be for improvement. All in
a spirit intended to leave Mr. Punch the undisputed beneficiary.
Published in hardback
with 80 pages plus colour plates.