In 2018 Proprietor of A.R.C. Entertainments, Carol M Mottershead, became so enraged when one of her acts came under attack by the press for the content of his show, Punch & Judy.
Professor Brian Llewellyn had merely written a post on his own social media page that 'Snowflakes were out if full force already!' A simple statement made in frustration after several bookings had been cancelled despite being booked specifically as a Punch & Judy Show.
Morally it was wrong! The law states that censorship of plays was no longer permitted under Royal approval.
What started as a rant to the press for Carol opened up a whole new world for her.
As Carol researched into the history of Punch & Judy, Judy or should I say Dame Joan as she is also known, came to life. She had a story to tell and Carol heard it... Hence forth
'Joan - Put On A Happy Face'
Carol M Mottershead
"Everyone thought they knew her, 'a shrew' they would say, but she hadn't always been a shrew. If she were a shrew, it was because HE turned her into one! Joan had young and in love once. She wanted only for her life, her marriage, to be happier than that of her parents.; she'd wanted lots and lots of children. No child of hers would feel the loneliness that she had felt - only fate had other ideas!
Her Father, killed during a battle at Calais en route to England, her family seriously injured, she had only one option - take the elixir being offered to her by a family friend or die ; unfortunately Joan did not hear the warning; there could be unexpected unknown consequences
We hope you enjoy reading the story as much as Carol enjoyed writing it!
And remember... Put On YOUR Happy Face and KEEP SMILING!
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