The Constable

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Punch and Judy characters: Punch - Judy - The Baby - The Clown - The Constable - The Hangman - The Devil - The Crocodile - The Doctor - The Forgotten Characters


The Beadle was the original law enforcement character, who in later plays sometimes becomes The Constable ... although some shows will actually have both of them included rather than simply having one law enforcement official.

The Officer will either enter the stage to investigate Judy's murder or will find The Doctor's body. Many Professors will use him to interact with the audience, asking them for evidence while Punch denies everything.

Once a decision has been made he will engage in wordplay with Punch where Punch continues to twist and throw his own words back in his face "I'm here to lock you up" "Well I'm here to knock you down" -- this will continue for as long as the Professor thinks is best, until finally Punch will knock him down permanently.

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