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Taking The long view
Taking The long view
A story teller friend has just asked me about performing the“violence” in Punch and Judy specifically for very young children. My experience is that Children understand that its not real and that Mr Punch' and In my show Judy, are both violent and wrong. That is the message. How  do I know this?I listen to there response when called upon to condone Punch's entreete “Thats the way to do it” to which the children reply “Oh no it isn't”. Adults unfortunately seem to forget the moral message and ask for the violence to be cut out.Its a bit like telling the story of the good Samaritan , with regard to“Stranger Danger ,a now outmoded concept I hope. and leaving the injured party on the street! Why do we tell stories at all, if its not to instruct and inform,whats the point if we leave out the main message. The big Plus for me fun, I do like the kerfuffle it sometimes causes when adults forget their childhood. "Thats the way to do it" Opps is it me or Mr Punch writing this!

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