Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Punch & Judy is an intense sell out show at the Puppet Palace, found in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights.
Adelaide Fringe Festival's Gothic Punch & Judy Talk about just in time, and taking up the last seat. It was full house for this 10:30pm sell out show, in a marquee called the Puppet Palace, in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights. This was to be my first puppet show at the Fringe, so I was not too sure what to expect. The seating was positioned, so that the entire audience had a bird’s eye view of the stage, and the sound swirled effortlessly through the marquee. Punch leapt onto the stage, with high pitched laughter erupting, which pierced our ears. He was vibrant, and agile, considering, he was in fact a puppet! “No strings attached”! Judy appeared not long after and then the fun began. The scenes that followed were humorous at times and also intense and I was surprised by the severity of them too, as were others from the audience, based on their reactions. Punch is a proud puppet with no remorse, strutting around on stage, until flames rise and the Devil appears, with deep sinister music, adding to the finale. The tussle begins; they fight back and forth across the stage. There can only be one left standing or dangling and I’m not going to tell you which one. To wrap this up, a very talented and creative puppeteer, Professor Haig, certainly kept us intrigued. A very macabre 30 minute performance. The Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Punch & Judy runs until 21 March with tickets ranging from $12.75 to $14.75 at the Puppet Palace found in The Garden of Unearthly Delights.

Julie Stone

Monday 9 March, 2009

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Julie Stone is a first time arts reviewer, based in Adelaide. She's a keen photographer and hopes to sell her art work soon, as a hobby on the side, apart from the norm, an Office Worker by day. She keeps fit playing sport a few times a week and is looking forward to this Fringe Spectacular approaching us fast.