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Ubu Roi (Massacred) ()

Produced by

Groundwater Productions

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Alfred Jarry
Director: Gideon Arthurs


Hub 14


July 5th, 2007 – July 15th, 2007


Famous for its 1896 debut that sparked a riot with a single word, Alfred Jarry’s masterpiece of Absurdist Theatre seems less absurd everyday. Mere and Pere Ubu’s unquenchable thirst for power leads to perpetual bloodshed as Magistrates are Disembrained, the Polish Army are led off to a fool’s war, and Pere Ubu tries to eat everything, and everyone, in sight. As much a badly written children’s play as a sophisticated indictment of the politics of power, often not very smart and yet painfully exact in its critique of “morality”, very funny if somewhat annoying, this new adaptation by Gideon Arthurs brings the ferocious energy of the original to the 21st Century stage.   (


Rob Baker Performer
Lisa Codrington Performer
Erin Shields Performer

Creative Team

Alfred Jarry Playwright
Gideon Arthurs Director
Miriam Fernandes Assistant Director


Miriam Fernandes Stage Manager
Gideon Arthurs Producer
Anthony Swaneveld Graphic Designer