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.


Paul Blackwell
Bille Brown
Meaghan Davies
Arky Michael
Carole Skinner
Jenny Vuletic
Matthew Whittet


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

Image Gallery

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