Mr Punch and Me

2012, Design: Nate Gibson, Musical Direction: David Doidge

A collage of opera scenes hinging around the endlessly fascinating figure of Mr Punch, a character who spans many roles: he is by turns, the criminal, the husband, the lover, the child and the tyrant. In him, many of the other characters in this patchwork of opera scenes are reflected.

Certain stylistic qualities of traditional Punch and Judy shows – in particular their highly theatrical and direct nature, and the modular way Punch and Judy uses narrative, seemed to be a strong starting point for linking together fragments of different stories.