UBU: A Bloody Puppet Play

UBU: A Bloody Puppet Play at Cumbernauld Theatre is an everyday story of murder, revenge and greed amongst Kings and Queens and as they battle ruthlessly to hold onto their thrones!

UBU: A Bloody Puppet Play

About UBU: A Bloody Puppet Play

Experience the epic true story of Ubu! *

An everyday story of murder, revenge and greed amongst Kings and Queens and as they battle ruthlessly to hold onto their thrones.

Ubu’s wife convinces him to lead a revolution, so he kills the King. And most of the royal family. And becomes King himself. But the ghost of the dead king appears calling for revenge. Ubu begins heavily taxing the people. And killing them. And giving jobs to his family members. The bloody difficult Russians declare war. And his wife steals all the money. It’s a bad day at the office. Ubu confronts the invading Russians. There is a mass revolt! People are on the streets! Ubu sees the Angel Gabriel* and has something of an epiphany … but who gets to keep the throne, what happened to all that money and what role did the Russians really play in all this…

By turns Ubu is part a comic parody of Macbeth and part a surrealist phantasmagoria satirising political power, greed and the easy rise of tyrants —taking aim at those who happily turn a blind eye to abuses of authority in exchange for financial success.

Featuring an assorted bunch of third-rate commandants, financiers, lackeys and a cast of thousands playing the entire Russian Army * this contemporary new adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s classic play transport you deep into the dark and bloody chamber of the heart.

Despite being 120 years old, Ubu is still considered one of the most revolutionary theatre plays ever written and since its premiere in 1896, it has constantly been performed across the world. When first performed it caused a riot in the audience. Literally.

Considered a wild, bizarre and comic play, its power to parody the tyranny of the rich over the poor remains undiminished, as does its extraordinary imagination and use of grotesque imagery and language. Jarry explained the play was concerned not with realism and the everyday, but instead with “the science of the realm beyond…the science of Pata-physics” and the laws that “govern exceptions and the science of imaginary solutions”.

Ubu is most definitely an exception. After all how could a madman ever become a King.


Health Warning:
Many, many puppets are murdered in the course of this production. If you are of a nervous disposition or puppets hold a special place for you then you may wish to consider closing your eyes at key moments.

Please note: anything marked with an asterix is a blatant lie. Ubu is fond of making things up to suit himself. Lies are told throughout this production.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for UBU: A Bloody Puppet Play are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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