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'Cult' Jimmy Savile Punch and Judy show comes to Brighton

The Argus: 'Cult' Jimmy Savile Punch and Judy show comes to Hove 'Cult' Jimmy Savile Punch and Judy show comes to Hove

A controversial puppet show based on shamed television star Jimmy Savile will be performed in Brighton.

Jimmy Savile – The Punch and Judy Show will be staged at the Caroline of Brunswick pub in Ditchling Road on Thursday next week.

Despite concerns whether the show was appropriate, a performer said it has been successfully touring – and attracted a “cult” following.

Brighton city councillor Pete West, whose ward is St Peter’s and North Laine where the puppet show is taking place, said: “Although I do not know the details, on the face of it doesn’t strike me very appropriate.

“Unlike Mr Punch, Jimmy Saville is not a fictional character and I would imagine his real life victims may be distressed to hear of this show.”

Gareth Ellis, one of the performers, said: “The show has been performed in London, Norwich and Edinburgh successfully, and has built a cult following. People should reserve judgement until they have seen the show and see where the focus of it lies.

“What Jimmy Savile did was terrible and it is sickening that he got away with it his whole life. People who are fans of his should probably stay at home.”

A spokesman from Caroline of Brunswick added: “Jimmy Savile: The Punch and Judy Show is a satirical look at the institutional blind-eye turning that enabled Savile to get away with his crimes over such a long period.

“There are characters in the play that represent the BBC, the NHS, the press and the police, all of whom are shown to be corrupt and partly responsible for what happened.

“There is nothing in the show that mocks Savile’s victims, nor belittles his crimes.

“The Caroline of Brunswick hopes that people will reserve judgement until after they've seen the play, which is why entry is free but audiences can pay what they think it is worth as they leave.”

The play was written by Nick Awde, Gareth Ellis and Richard Rose, and the show won a Malcolm Hardee Award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

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6:49am Tue 28 Jan 14

P.Dant says...

Satire - where the audience congratulate themselves on how intelligent they are and venture wry smiles.Nobody wants be reminded of this scumbag.The 'cult following' must be the undead.
Satire - where the audience congratulate themselves on how intelligent they are and venture wry smiles.Nobody wants be reminded of this scumbag.The 'cult following' must be the undead. P.Dant
  • Score: 11

7:46am Tue 28 Jan 14

SpiderMeringue says...

Still confusing the Brunswick with the Caroline of Brunswick I see.
Still confusing the Brunswick with the Caroline of Brunswick I see. SpiderMeringue
  • Score: 4

8:57am Tue 28 Jan 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

'ow's about that then?
'ow's about that then? The Prophet of Doom
  • Score: 2

9:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

are you sure 'cult following ' isn't a misprint ?
are you sure 'cult following ' isn't a misprint ? All 9 of me
  • Score: 11

9:38am Tue 28 Jan 14

RobO. says...

Has someone moved The Level and it's surrounding roads two miles west?
Has someone moved The Level and it's surrounding roads two miles west? RobO.
  • Score: 3

9:40am Tue 28 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Staggering, Gareth Ellis (taking part in this) says"people who are fans of his (jimmy saville) should probably stay at home".What an arrogant c0ck.
Staggering, Gareth Ellis (taking part in this) says"people who are fans of his (jimmy saville) should probably stay at home".What an arrogant c0ck. tykemison
  • Score: -3

10:37am Tue 28 Jan 14

JerryOnly says...

On the other hand (see what I did there?) my Jason Kitkat puppet show appeals to about everyone. "It's BEHIND you!" - referring to your only ever term in office ever ever. And then LabCon puppets in cars all squash him, because the cyclist hippie puppets are all too stoned.

But yes, back to the matter in hand (did it again) thanks Gareth, what a distasteful cult.
On the other hand (see what I did there?) my Jason Kitkat puppet show appeals to about everyone. "It's BEHIND you!" - referring to your only ever term in office ever ever. And then LabCon puppets in cars all squash him, because the cyclist hippie puppets are all too stoned. But yes, back to the matter in hand (did it again) thanks Gareth, what a distasteful cult. JerryOnly
  • Score: 5

10:41am Tue 28 Jan 14

Andy R says...

There's such a hypocrisy around Savile. Much of what he did was in plain sight while people turned a blind eye. But now, everyone gets terribly hot under the collar at the idea of him being depicted anywhere. Personally, I can't help feeling that what distresses the victims more than anything else was the fact that no-one did anything while he was alive, and that they had to put up with him on telly constantly and held up as some sort of heroic role model, knowing what he had done. Not sure why anyone thinks the sight of him now, when what he has done is at least out in open, should be regarded as worse than that.
There's such a hypocrisy around Savile. Much of what he did was in plain sight while people turned a blind eye. But now, everyone gets terribly hot under the collar at the idea of him being depicted anywhere. Personally, I can't help feeling that what distresses the victims more than anything else was the fact that no-one did anything while he was alive, and that they had to put up with him on telly constantly and held up as some sort of heroic role model, knowing what he had done. Not sure why anyone thinks the sight of him now, when what he has done is at least out in open, should be regarded as worse than that. Andy R
  • Score: 24

11:50am Tue 28 Jan 14

FC says...

Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.
Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots. FC
  • Score: -4

1:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Andy R says...

FC wrote:
Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.
Have you seen it then?
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.[/p][/quote]Have you seen it then? Andy R
  • Score: 3

2:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Andy R wrote:
FC wrote:
Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.
Have you seen it then?
Why would anyone want to see anything related to Savile?this is just a few acting types going,oooh,oooh look at us arent we clever and contentious?What next?shipman perhaps?modern actors are like modern artists,they are frustrated they are inept and are not fit to walk in the great of the past so come up with gibberish like this and hope the audience believe their dross.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.[/p][/quote]Have you seen it then?[/p][/quote]Why would anyone want to see anything related to Savile?this is just a few acting types going,oooh,oooh look at us arent we clever and contentious?What next?shipman perhaps?modern actors are like modern artists,they are frustrated they are inept and are not fit to walk in the great of the past so come up with gibberish like this and hope the audience believe their dross. tykemison
  • Score: -2

2:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Andy R wrote:
FC wrote:
Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.
Have you seen it then?
Why would anyone want to see anything related to Savile?this is just a few acting types going,oooh,oooh look at us arent we clever and contentious?What next?shipman perhaps?modern actors are like modern artists,they are frustrated they are inept and are not fit to walk in the greats of the pasts shadows so come up with gibberish like this and hope the audience believe their dross.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.[/p][/quote]Have you seen it then?[/p][/quote]Why would anyone want to see anything related to Savile?this is just a few acting types going,oooh,oooh look at us arent we clever and contentious?What next?shipman perhaps?modern actors are like modern artists,they are frustrated they are inept and are not fit to walk in the greats of the pasts shadows so come up with gibberish like this and hope the audience believe their dross. tykemison
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Tue 28 Jan 14

GeorgeBTN says...

I'm sure there must be something better to laugh at! I know comedy is supposed to be sometimes at the 'edge' but this is in bad taste. I think I would find it difficult to be entertained by someone linking his humour to Savile. I can't imagine many people will go or that there will be a positive response.
I'm sure there must be something better to laugh at! I know comedy is supposed to be sometimes at the 'edge' but this is in bad taste. I think I would find it difficult to be entertained by someone linking his humour to Savile. I can't imagine many people will go or that there will be a positive response. GeorgeBTN
  • Score: 2

4:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Andy R says...

tykemison wrote:
Andy R wrote:
FC wrote:
Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.
Have you seen it then?
Why would anyone want to see anything related to Savile?this is just a few acting types going,oooh,oooh look at us arent we clever and contentious?What next?shipman perhaps?modern actors are like modern artists,they are frustrated they are inept and are not fit to walk in the great of the past so come up with gibberish like this and hope the audience believe their dross.
That'll be a "no" then...?

Yep...no doubt there will be something about Shipman if there hasn't been already - just as we've had productions about Hitler, Stalin, Christie, Jack the Ripper, Fred West, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Peter Sutcliffe.

Sorry....what was your point again...?
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Controversial for the sake of being controversial. This is a poor effort at best. "OH LOOK HOW EDGY AND IRONIC I AM." No, you're all idiots.[/p][/quote]Have you seen it then?[/p][/quote]Why would anyone want to see anything related to Savile?this is just a few acting types going,oooh,oooh look at us arent we clever and contentious?What next?shipman perhaps?modern actors are like modern artists,they are frustrated they are inept and are not fit to walk in the great of the past so come up with gibberish like this and hope the audience believe their dross.[/p][/quote]That'll be a "no" then...? Yep...no doubt there will be something about Shipman if there hasn't been already - just as we've had productions about Hitler, Stalin, Christie, Jack the Ripper, Fred West, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Peter Sutcliffe. Sorry....what was your point again...? Andy R
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

zombiesavile says...

P.Dant wrote:
Satire - where the audience congratulate themselves on how intelligent they are and venture wry smiles.Nobody wants be reminded of this scumbag.The 'cult following' must be the undead.
Goodness gracious. Its funny you should mention that, young man.

Hows about that then?
[quote][p][bold]P.Dant[/bold] wrote: Satire - where the audience congratulate themselves on how intelligent they are and venture wry smiles.Nobody wants be reminded of this scumbag.The 'cult following' must be the undead.[/p][/quote]Goodness gracious. Its funny you should mention that, young man. Hows about that then? zombiesavile
  • Score: 3

4:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tykemison says...

My point is Andy r, somethings in life are best left in the confines of history, it makes my stomach turn when"actors"use such filth and makes me question their character, disgusting material.
My point is Andy r, somethings in life are best left in the confines of history, it makes my stomach turn when"actors"use such filth and makes me question their character, disgusting material. tykemison
  • Score: -1

7:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Martin999 says...

I think what upsets people most about the Savile saga is that hundreds of people at the BBC knew about him, but didn't have the guts to do anything about it. Probably safeguarding their own careers.
I think what upsets people most about the Savile saga is that hundreds of people at the BBC knew about him, but didn't have the guts to do anything about it. Probably safeguarding their own careers. Martin999
  • Score: 5

7:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

hubby says...

Rose West as Judy and Gary Glitter as the policeman.
Rose West as Judy and Gary Glitter as the policeman. hubby
  • Score: 3

11:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Seventh Circle says...

I think the law needs clarifying... I'm no fan of Savile and always thought he was an odious sort of can't but he's been tried and convicted for crimes by press/media and cannot answer as he's dead... that isn't right
I think the law needs clarifying... I'm no fan of Savile and always thought he was an odious sort of can't but he's been tried and convicted for crimes by press/media and cannot answer as he's dead... that isn't right Seventh Circle
  • Score: -6

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