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being a puppet-mad person, i had to go and see the devil and mr punch by improbable. this was a brilliant update of a very traditional puppet story upgraded with brilliant text, music and masks. a real treat – adult puppetry at its best! i am participating this weekend at the workshop lead by julian crouch – artistic director of improbable. very exciting!

here is a brief introduction from barbican

‘Witness a tragic comedy of manslaughter and love. It’s Punch and Judy but as presented by Messrs Harvey and Hovey, a pair of broken vaudevillians who are now in the gutter and have been reduced to presenting a puppet show that goes wildly off-course.

Featuring a lush score of bass fiddle, gin parlour piano, metronome and bells, this dark but hilarious show is performed on a gloriously theatrical wood-panelled set. Inside this shadowy world live a steaming crocodile, a parade of piggies, the devil and many other extraordinary characters.

Improbable’s innovative work ranges from small scale theatre, such as Panic at the Barbican in 2009, to large opera productions, including Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, co-produced with ENO and a sell-out hit in London and at The Metropolitan Opera, New York. ‘

interview with julian crouch can be read here

the devil and mr punch is at barbican until 25th Feb 2012