1h 50' without intermission, 16+
Pa Ubu: CHRISTOPHE GRÉGOIRE
Ma Ubu: CAMILLE CAYOL
Bordure: XAVIER BOIFFIER
King Wenceslas: VINCENT DE BOÜARD
Queen Rosemonde: CÉCILE LETERME
Bougrelas: SYLVAIN LEVITTE
Director: DECLAN DONNELLAN
Designer: NICK ORMEROD
Associate director: MICHELANGELO MARCHESE
Associate and movement director: JANE GIBSON
Lighting designer: PASCAL NOËL
Composer & sound designer: DAVY SLADEK, with additional music by PADDY CUNNEEN
Video designers: BENOIT SIMON and QUENTIN VIGIER
Costume supervisor: ANGIE BURNS
Assistant director: BERTRAND LESCA
Voice coach: VALÉRIE BEZANÇON
Fight director: FRANÇOIS ROSTAIN
Technical director: ANDRÉ NÉRI
Lighting and video: VINCENT GABRIEL
Sound: KENAN TREVIEN
Wardrobe: MARINA AGUILAR
Asm | Props: CAMILLE RIQUIER
Consultant producer: BÉATRICE CATRY (Théâtres Et Cie)
Company manager: EDWARD FORTES
Production photography: JOHAN PERSSON
In 2007, Peter Brook invited Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod to form a group of actors to perform Racine's Andromaque. Following that production's international success, Cheek by Jowl worked with the same French actors on their new production of Alfred Jarry's UBU ROI.
As a species, we prefer to talk of the innocence of our childhoods than to remember our potential cruelty. The selfishness and easy brutality of this period we regard as infantile, as easily consigned to the past once we are older, once we have become "civilised". Some commentators have even attributed our lack of early memories as a defence against the memory of our own overwhelming feelings - feelings so negative that we shame to own them.
What do we do with our feelings that are not civilised? Civilisation often demands that we ignore or deny them. We all want to be civilised - but there is a price to be paid for civilisation. And the price, on occasion, is madness.
Mère and Père Ubu - excessive, antisocial, thunderously dynamic with no other goal beyond the acquisition of power itself, frighten as much as they amuse us. Do they hark back to the selfishness and violence of our own childhoods? The play enacts above all a vicious, menacing infantilism - as violent as it is childlike. Ubu articulates the potential violence that lies within us all.
Whether the work of a genius or a schoolboy scribble, this product of a fin-de-siècle hungry for new forms displays an unprecedented simplicity reconnecting us with perhaps our most basic instincts.
Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London, Les Gémeaux |Sceaux|Scène Nationale and La Comédie de Béthune - Centre Dramatique National du Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London, Les Gémeaux | Sceaux | Scène Nationale and La Comédie de Béthune -Centre Dramatique Nationaldu Nord-Pas-de-Calais.