Generally when attending a puppetry show you might expect some loveable fluffy animals and maybe a sing-a-long or two. Turn up to ‘Punched’, the adult puppetry show at the Nightingale Theatre however, and you’ll be faced with a different kind of human-controlled monster.
There were five acts in total, some performances such as Biting the Dust were overtly performance-art based and insufferably pretentious. The Hare & the Tortoise II and A Brief History of the Universe stuck a more comedic chord and were genuinely funny – and would be worth seeing a full show. If you want the next Avenue Q however, you’d best stick with a DVD.
The Nightingale Theatre, 6 December 2011