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Mr Punch is sometimes accused of being politically incorrect, with the odd Council trying to ban the show. Attempts have also been made in the past to ban a Punch & Judy children's book. But the British public has given Mr Punch overwhelming support and prevented this from happening.
It seems Charles Dickens had it right when he wrote...
“In my opinion street Punch is one of those extravagant relief's from the realties of life which would lose its hold upon the people if it were made moral and instructive.
I regard it as quite harmless in its influence 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
The following light-hearted answers are provided by two of our members - Bryan Clarke and Geoff Felix.
Does Punch encourage violence?
No more than Goldilocks encourages squatting.
What about the stick, that is violent isn't it?
The difference is that Mr Punch's stick is a slapstick. It's specially constructed to make a slapping noise, this led to the term 'slapstick comedy’.
Don't you think it's wife bashing?
Not at all and no child of a Punch and Judy man has ever grown up to be violent and they've seen hundreds of shows.
Should Punch & Judy shows be banned?
If that is the case, so should Shakespeare, the Bible and Tom & Jerry cartoons!
Do Punch and Judy men still use the black man in the show?
Do you want to ban him as well?
So what about the violence?
It's the way you do it. If you add an element of comedy, which you should, together with the correct timing, this makes for a traditional, entertaining show in the slapstick style, and that is what children love.
Will Mr Punch go on forever?
Well after 400 years he is still going strong, so yes it looks as if he will go on forever.
Do you think there is too much violence on TV?
Responsible parents watch TV with their child and know where the off button is located.
Does Mr Punch always defy political correctness?
Punch has adapted to the times he lives in, but an important part of the show is that he defies and overcomes the frustrations people feel as represented by his opponents. He does this for the audience.
Is Punch & Judy a children's show or an adult one?
We are all children at heart.
Does Punch encourage people who are naturally violent?
Banning Punch would be like banning wine gums because there are alcoholics in the world.
Aren't some children frightened of Mr Punch?
Some children are afraid of clowns, shadows on the wall, doctors, dentists, animals, even Anne Widdicombe! But seriously, it could be the atmosphere of excitement or noise. We recommend showing the child the puppets in repose and explaining what is happening.
What about the critics of Mr Punch?
We are making puppets of them as we speak!
Why do you do Punch and Judy?
How else can we pay for the big house and the Jag parked in the driveway? Seriously though to hear the laughter and shouts of the audience young or old, is pure magic.
pleasure very generally derived from this performance, as from the more boisterous parts of a Christmas pantomime, 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”.