A co-production with Mene Mene Theatre.
Patriotism, revolution, war, slaughter, bear-baiting – this is a play of dangerous extremes. Indeed, on its first performance in 1896 in Paris it started a riot. Written by Alfred Jarry for marionettes when he was a precocious teenager, this was the first great work of European surrealism. Like Punch and Judy on acid, Michael Kantor tackled this boisterous modern classic with audacity, flair and his characteristic daring and imagination.
We also welcomed Bille Brown back to Company B, whose debut performance as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss was one of the most acclaimed of recent years. Playing the horrendous Pa Ubu, he was joined by his old Brisbane mate and Belvoir stalwart, Carole Skinner as a delectable Ma Ubu.
By Alfred Jarry in a new version by Tom Wright and Michael Kantor
Director Michael Kantor
Set Designer Dan Potra
Costume Designer Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting Designer Rory Dempster
Music Director & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Choreographer Melissa Madden Gray
Assistant Director Chris Bendall
Production images by Heidrun Lohr
Ubu is totally enjoyable, an irreverant explosion of bad taste and welcome satire.The Age
Tom Wright and Michael Kantor’s Australianised version of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 play Ubu Roi is humorous, off-the-wall and boldly satiric.Sydney Morning Herald
The performances are terrific – wild and surreal.The Australian