make Joey the Clown the friend of the audience. He makes fun of Punch.
His job is to lighten up things and counteract Punch's previous "successes".
Joey is particulary good at ducking and dodging. The puppet is performed almost as though it is spring loaded. The amount of this sort of business is detirmined by audience reaction.
[Mr Punch dances about with his stick. While doing so up comes Joey the clown behind him and taps him on the back. Mr Punch spins around but Joey quickly pops down again.]
was that? [To the audience on one side of the theatre] Was that you?
Joey: Hello Mr Punch, its me Joey the clown. [Turns to the audience] Hello everybody! Im Mr Punchs friend Joey the clown and I've come here to have lunch with Mr Punch. [Punch creeps up behind him and swings with his stick but Joey once again dodges his blow] How do you do Mr Punch? Are you hungry?
Punch: [Who was about to take another swing at Joey.] Oh yes.
Joey: Well Mr Punch Ive got some sausages down stairs. I''ll go down and get them.
[Joey pops down while Punch puts down his stick. Joey returns with a string of four sausages]
Joey: Look Mr Punch Ive got four lovely sausages here. One for you, one for me, one for (name of someone in the audience) and one for dessert. [He hands the sausages to Punch] You look after them while I go down to get the frying pan. [Pops down and then straight back again.] Now Mr Punch dont eat any of the sausages while Im gone. [To the audience] Now you see to it that Punch doesnt eat the sausages. Wont you everybody? [Pops down.]
lovely sausages I think Ill eat them all right now. Shall I have
Joey: Now Mr Punch. Dont eat the sausages. Promise now.
Punch: [Nodding his head] No, no me promise. [Joey exits. Punch looks about.] Has he gone? Me very hungry.