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The Devil and Mister Punch (A Work-in-Progress), Walker Commission

Part of Adventures in New Puppetry

“Improbable … is one of the most energizing and provocative forces in British theatre.” —Guardian (UK)

Punch and Judy get slapped into the 21st century by the UK’s masters of contemporary puppet theater. “We can promise puppets and pianos, fingers and hands, crocodiles and sausages. It’s a beautiful and dirty show about love and fighting—not for the squeamish,” says Improbable cofounder Julian Crouch. A Walker favorite for their often uproarious mix of puppetry and improvisation, Improbable returns with a timely new work, both tragic and comical, that updates a tradition while simultaneously unleashing new tales of love, loss and song.

Puppet Cinema for Puppets—An Unlikely Installation

May 19–21 Free
Thursday, May 19, 7–8 pm
Friday, May 20, 6–7 pm; 8:30–9:30 pm
Saturday, May 21, 11 am–5 pm; 6–7 pm
McGuire Theater

Come by the McGuire Theater and enter the wild world of Puppet Cinema for Puppets, an installation populated by 150 of the Twin Cities weirdest, most arresting puppets, large and small. Seated in the theater (or hanging from the ceiling), the group is watching a mash-up of their favorite puppet films, created by filmmaker Ragnar Friedank, a collaborator of Improbable cofounder Julian Crouch. On Saturday, more than a dozen local creators whose works are featured in the event will be on hand to meet the public and talk about all manner of puppet subjects.

Puppet Cinema for Puppets is open before all performances of Improbable’s The Devil and Mister Punch (A Work-in-Progress), and on May 21 during gallery hours.

Copresented with Bedlam Theatre and the National Performance Network (NPN).


The Devil and Mister Punch is commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and Barbican (London). Support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, The McKnight Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.