Punch and Judy "professor" Mark Poulton poses for a photograph next to his booth at the seaside in Weymouth,...
Punch and Judy "professor" Mark Poulton poses for a photograph next to his booth at the seaside in Weymouth, southern England August 12, 2014. Poulton is one of the last professional puppeteers who still operates on the beach most days during the summer season. Punch and Judy shows have been a fixture of British seaside resorts for centuries but they are having to adapt to changing social values to attract new audiences in an age of political correctness and digital entertainment. Generations of Britons have flocked to puppet booths to watch the irascible, hook-nosed Mr Punch whack long-suffering wife Judy with his "slap stick", drop their baby repeatedly and tangle with a grumpy policeman, a crocodile and a hangman.The anarchic humour remains as central as ever to the Punch and Judy experience, say the puppet-masters, traditionally known in the trade as "professors", but some elements have had to be toned down or are often omitted now. Picture taken August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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