UBU: Pandemical Pocket Production - Autumn 2020

UBU: Pandemical Pocket Production - Autumn 2020

"Some people would say that UBU did terrible, blooderous things..."

Behold the tale of UBU! He likes power so much he refuses to give it back.  

UBU! Can you resist the charm of this puffed-up lump as he guffs his way to THE TOP? 

UBU!! Watch as this all-conquering buffoon deviously despatches anyone who gets in his way.

Who will stop UBU?  No one will stop UBU!

Expect the unexpected! ... Or the entirely predictable!


Splendid Productions present a brand new creative adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s surrealist classic. We explore power, leadership and ambition with our usual heady concoction of music, laughter, politics, foolishness and hard-hitting theatrical nonsense.

Think there’s no theatre after lockdown? THINK AGAIN! Our Artistic Director Kerry Frampton is coming out of retirement to perform our creative adaptation UBU, based on the PATAPHYSICALLY STUPID proto-DADAist play sequence created by Alfred Jarry. The production is now available to book until April 2021.

The show is created for a self-contained cast of two, and designed to adapt to any social distancing guidelines in effect. No lighting or additional technical equipment is required – get-in and set-up can all be done by the cast.

We are offering UBU as either a 3hr session (60min performance with additional 90min workshop/s), or 60min performance only with optional Q&A session, both for £600+VAT. Longer sessions are possible - let us know what you have in mind.


We are now taking bookings for performances of UBU from 21 September to April 2021.

Rather than specifying tour areas, we will be scheduling the tour based on demand. If you are interested in booking a slot, please use our ONLINE FORM to let us know your preferred dates.

We will do our best to accommodate all date requests, but our priority will be building a viable tour. You can also use the form to let us know of any guidelines or restrictions in place in your institution that might affect the performance or workshop/s. We’d like to recommend registering your interest as soon as possible to give us an idea of take-up. 

There is no restriction on audience size for the performance (allowing for distancing guidelines), and we can provide 1 or 2 simultaneous 90-minute workshops, with a maximum of 20 in each group if appropriate spaces are available. We will adhere to any group size restrictions in place at your school. Please use the online form button below to request a performance, or email us if you have any questions.

UBU in theatres, Spring 2021

In optimism-rich news, we can announce provisional UBU dates in selected actual theatres. Tickets are not yet on sale, but here are the dates for advance planners:

Friday 29 January - The Lowry, Salford
Monday 22 February – Pleasance, London
Tuesday 23 February – The Quarry, Bedford
Monday 1 March – Greenwich Theatre, London

UBU Prices
Production Price (exc VAT @20%)
UBU performance (approx 1hr) and 1.5hr workshop/s (3hr session) £600.00
UBU performance only with optional post-show discussion (includes evening performances) £600.00
UBU performance (approx 1hr) and 4hr workshop/s £1100.00

We do not charge supplementary travel or subsistence costs, although these may be added in exceptional circumstances. All bookings are subject to our cancellation policy.