King Ubu

Mona Foma + Terrapin


Come one, come all, to our natural amphitheatre of rock and water (aka the Gorge) for a larger-than-life puppet extravaganza based on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi: a wild satire of power and greed from nineteenth-century France, updated here for modern-day Launceston.

It’s a rollicking tale for the times—the story of a raging buffoon and wannabe dictator on a revolutionary rampage. ‘And it’ll be bigger than Ben Hur,’ says Festival Dad Brian Ritchie. But with more puppets and stuff, including performances by the local Launnie community and live music by Ritchie and his musical mates.


Free Bus
Coming from town? Your best bet is to jump aboard our free buses. They depart the Brisbane Street bus stop outside Launceston College—look for our big, colourful sign—every 20 minutes from 6pm onwards. Return buses depart from the Tiger bus stop at the First Basin car park. Last return departs at 10pm.

Park your car at West Launceston Primary School (on the oval) then trot down the road to the Gorge. Available from 6–10pm. Enter at 24 Basin Road, West Launceston.

Director: Sam Routledge

Musical Director: Brian Ritchie

Writer / Dramaturg: Willoh S. Weiland

Sound Artist: Dylan Sheridan

Musical Arrangements: Dean Stevenson

Band: Dean Stevenson, Emily Sanzaro, Spike Mason and Yyan Ng

Puppet Maker: Bryony Anderson

Stage & Lighting Design: Additive

Costume Designer: Sabio Evans

Onesie Designer: Adele Varcoe

Cast: Kris McQuade, John Xintavelonis, Denni Proctor, Marcus McKenzie, Anna Barber, Lucy McDonald and Lauren Neal

Puppeteers: Felicity Horsley, Shannon McGurgan, Sofie Burgoyne and Rachel Arianne Ogle

Performers: Allstar Cheer and Dance, City of Launceston RSL Band, Encore Theatre Company, Launceston College, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Youth and palawa kani Language Programs

Props: Denni Proctor and Gabbee Stolp

Sound Engineer: Tom McKeand

Lighting Operator: Michelle Thorne

Producers: MONA FOMA and Insite Arts

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program and the City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program

King Ubu is an original adaptation of the play Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry (translated from French by Simon Watson Taylor and Cyril Connelly). Ubu Roi has been reproduced by permission of the estate of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd.

Wednesday 15Friday 17 January, 89.10pm (roll up from 7pm)

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