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Ubu and the Truth Commission ()

Produced by

Handspring Puppet Company

Presented by

Canadian Stage

Director: William Kentridge
Writer: Jane Taylor


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


April 15th, 2015 – April 19th, 2015


Ubu and the Truth Commission¬†combines puppetry, performance by live actors, music, animation and documentary footage. The performance draws on both the historical archive of the hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (begun in 1996) and on the dramatic figure of Ubu Roi, a licentious buffoon created by the youthful Alfred Jarry. In this production Pa Ubu represents the various instruments of Apartheid violence (policemen, assassins, spies and politicians) for whom torture, murder, sex and food are all elements of a single gross appetite.¬†(Program notes)


David Minnaar Pa Ubu
Busi Zokufa Ma Ubu
Gabriel Marchand Puppeteer
Mongi Mthombeni Puppeteer
Mandeliseli Maseti Puppeteer

Creative Team

William Kentridge Director
Jane Taylor Writer
Janni Younge Associate Director
Adrian Kohler Puppet Design
William Kentridge Animations
Adrian Kohler Set Designer
William Kentridge Set Designer
Adrian Kohler Costume Designer
Wesley France Lighting Designer
Wilbert Schubel Sound Designer
Warrick Sony Music
Brendan Jury Music
Robyn Orlin Choreographer
Antjie Krog TRC Research
Gail Behrmann Film and Video Research


Tau Qwelane Assistant Puppet Maker
Tau Qwelane Assistant Animator
Suzie Gable Assistant Animator
Phyllis Midlane Costume Maker
Sue Steele Costume Maker
Catherine Meyburgh Animation Editor
Simon Mahoney Sound Technician
Sonnyboy Pule Setlhako Stage Manager
Wesley France Tour Manager
Wesley France Technical Director