Josh Roche explains why when it comes to weird smut, only puppets will do...

Puppets with beer guts and gambling addictions

As a puppet virgin my experience of puppets was fairly bland. It’s limited to Team America: World Police or, for the more retro-cool – Thunderbirds and those Papier Mache Tracy Island models that some of us made when Blue Peter still ruled the roost. In other forms the comfortable friendliness of the glove puppet has brought solace to many, not to forget the harrowing Punch and Judy shows which are still very much in vogue in Weston Super-Mere.

However in recent years the puppet has come out of his box even further. Handspring Puppetry Company are fairly credited as the engine behind the phenomenal success of Warhorse – and if you’re unsure as to whether this is true, you need only go and watch the movie. Blind Summit have recently created yet another hit with The Table, which lets us into the existential crisis of Bunraku puppet Moses. The Table started at the Edinburgh Festival and has since been shown at the Soho Theatre.

However the big unanswered question has always been where are the puppets who swear, drink and fart in bed?

Boris and Sergey, two immigrant criminal ‘confidence tricksters’ from eastern Europe, are the creation of Flabbergast Theatre, a company that’s taking puppets out of Tracy Island and Michael Morpurgo novels and placing them in cabaret bars and poker pits. They’re rude, devious, motivated solely by greed and leather-to-leather lust.

So you can imagine their delight when Spanish hookers popped up!

Working with Flabbergast and Annabel Wigoder has all but converted me. When union action gets involved with the wet and sticky bodily fluids of hedge fund managers and market analysts, the situation has clearly become too odd, admirable and bizarre to be portrayed by anything other than a sarcastic lump of leather with far more attitude than sense...

VOX POP

22 April 2012 // Time 6pm

Soho Theatre // Dean Street // London // W1D 3NE // Closest Tube: Tottenham Ct Rd / Leicester Sq.

Tickets // Price £10 // 020 7478 0100, www.sohotheatre.com