Ubu Roi
Gungahlin College Theatre Company presents
Ubu Roi

12 Sep 2017 to 16 Sep 2017

The story may at first glance seem merely frivolous — the obscene nonsense of schoolboys. It is a parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth with bits of Hamlet and King Lear tossed in.

As the play begins, Ubu leads a revolution, and kills the King of Poland and most of the royal family. The Queen of Poland then dies. The ghost of the dead king calls for revenge, prompting Ubu to begin killing the population and taking their money. Ubu's henchman gets thrown into prison; he then escapes to Russia, where he gets the Tsar to declare war on Ubu. As Ubu heads out to confront the invading Russians, his wife tries to steal money that Ubu has stashed in the palace. She is driven away by Bougrelas, the crown prince, who is leading a revolt of the people against Ubu. She runs away to her husband, Ubu, who has, in the meantime, defeated the Russians, and who has also been attacked by a bear. Ubu's wife pretends to be the angel Gabriel, in order to try to scare Ubu into forgiving her for her attempt to steal from him. They fight, and she is rescued by the entrance of Bougrelas, who is after Ubu. Ubu knocks down the attackers with the body of the dead bear, after which he and his wife flee to France, which ends the play.

The action contains motifs found in the plays of Shakespeare: a king's murder and a scheming wife from Macbeth, the ghost from Hamlet, Fortinbras' revolt from Hamlet, the reneging of Buckingham's reward from Richard III, and the pursuing bear from The Winter's Tale. It also includes other cultural references, for example, to Sophocles' Oedipus Rex (Œdipe Roi in French) in the play's title. Ubu Roi is seen to have been preceded in the spirit of outrageousness, and comic grotesquery by the great French Renaissance author François Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel novels.

The language of the play is a unique mix of slang from the playground, code-words, puns and near-gutter vocabulary, set to strange speech patterns.

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Gungahlin College Theatre
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150 minutes
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Creatives Adam Salter Adam Salter
Director

A graduate from the Charles Sturt University BA Acting (Stage & Screen) course, Adam moved to Sydney, where he performed in theatre and film for three years. During this time, he performed in many brand new musicals in multiple venues.

After leaving the Sydney acting scene for a more peaceful lifestyle, Adam has been an active part of the Canberra theatre scene since 2009. He has acted, directed and judged for Short+Sweet, as well as being Festival Director in 2010. 

He has also performed with Freshly Ground Theatre, Women's Forum Theatre, Phoenix Players, Lexx Productions, Canberra Rep, Dramatic Productions and Ickle Pickle, playing a variety of roles, as well as singing and dancing.

Adam is also an accent and voice coach, with radio and voice over experience. He teaches Drama and Live Production & Services in ACT public schools, directing students in many major shows and festivals each year.

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