There’s still some time to see The Fabulous Punch And Judy Show, performed by the Café Debris Theatre Company. Dark, brutally funny and politically engaging, this is a Punch and Judy show unlike any that you saw as a child.

For playwright Brent Thorpe though, the branding of Punch and Judy as “child inappropriate” is nothing but a blessing, allowing the piece to be opened up for a darker more politically aware interpretation of Punch and Judy’s motivations.

“The genesis for this really was observing the appalling things that humans do to each other,” Thorpe said.

“The recent spate of murders involving children reinforced how important it was for this work to live – to remind us of how obsessed society is with control when it seems that control is quite beyond the perpetrators of heinous crimes.”

On at the Cleveland St Theatre, 199 Cleveland St, until 29 February. Tickets: 9558 3989.

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