Over the past six years we have produced Jarry's UBU trilogy. As part of our 18th birthday celebrations, I thought it would be a nice idea to put together an edited compilation of his work, which would be framed by some of our own material - indeed a celebration of what has become our signature dish - Ubu's greatest hits, to an extent!
Don't worry if you don't get it all. There is nothing really to get except for nonsense, chaos and anarchy. This is Punk Rock Theatre. Jarry was deliberately trying to go against what the theatregoing public in 19th century France had come to expect. Indeed, Ubu Rex caused a riot when first performed in 1896. He wanted to wind people up and he succeeded with that was effectively a theatrical playground joke. In the world of Ubu, the dysfunctional functions!
Finally may I thank Part One Drama students for inspiration - I have openly nicked your ideas!
- David Blumfield, May 2009.