Current Production: UBU (Autumn 2020 - Spring 2022)
“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 has come 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 2022.
The show is created for a self-contained cast of two (Kerry and Splendid Veteran Scott Smith), 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
- a 3hr session (60min performance with one or two 90min workshop/s) – £600+VAT
- a 6hr session (60min performance with one or two 4hr workshop/s) – £1100+VAT
- 60min performance only with optional Q&A session (includes evening sessions) – £600+VAT
- Public performances in some actual theatres (!)
UBU BOOKING INFORMATION
We are now taking bookings for performances of UBU from September 2021 to April 2022.
Unlike previous years we only have a partial tour schedule, and the remaining slots will be booked according to demand. If you are interested in an in-school session please use our online booking form to tell us your preferred dates.
We will do our best to accommodate all date requests, but our priority will be building a viable tour, so specific dates cannot be guaranteed. Please note that due to other commitments we can’t offer dates outside of the current schedule. It’s possible that additional dates and theatre performances will be added during the tour – sign up to our mailing list to get the earliest information about this.
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/4hr 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.
The workshops accompanying UBU are a choice of:
- UBU: Splendid Style – what we did and how we did it
- Practitioner workshop on Brecht – key techniques
- Physical Ensemble Storytelling – making performances thoroughly theatrical
The session price includes our fattest-ever 45-page education pack, and the production will be filmed for a DVD/streaming release planned for early 2022.
More information: Production prices
UBU Theatre Dates
Thurs 14 October 2021
Tues 1 March 2022
4.30pm / 7.00pm
TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Tues 1 March / Pleasance, London / 4.30pm & 7pm – TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Ticket Prices from £12.50 (£10.50 concessions). Prices vary and booking fees may apply. Group rates are available, contact theatre box offices for best offers.
UBU tour schedule (2021/22)
|13 - 15 September||SOUTH WEST|
|20 - 21 September||Herts/Beds/Bucks|
|Weds 22 September||Quarry Theatre, Bedford|
|27 - 29 September||To be scheduled|
|Thurs 14 October||Princess Royal Centre Theatre, Guernsey|
|18 - 22 October||To be scheduled|
|Tues 16 November||Lowry, Salford|
|9 - 10 December||To be scheduled|
|13 - 17 December||To be scheduled|
|5 - 7 January||To be scheduled|
|11 - 13 January||To be scheduled|
|17 - 20 January||London & surrounding area|
|Tues 18 January||Greenwich Theatre, London|
|11 February||To be scheduled|
|21 - 25 February||To be scheduled|
|17 - 20 January||London & surrounding area|
|Tues 1 March||Pleasance, London|
|2 March||To be scheduled|
|Thurs 3 March||Whitty Theatre, Wokingham|
|8 - 10 March||To be scheduled|
|15 - 17 March||To be scheduled|
|22 - 24 March||SOUTH WALES & SOUTH WEST|
|Thurs 24 March||Blake Theatre, Monmouth|
Splendid Productions’ ‘UBU’
Touring until Spring 2022
Based on: The Ubu Plays by Alfred Jarry
Adapted by: Kerry Frampton & Ben Hales
Directed by: Kerry Frampton
Additional Direction by: Matt Wilde, Cordelia Stevenson
Songs by: Ben Hales
Design by: Kerry Frampton
Costume by: Kerry Frampton, Heather Castle-Rainsbury
Cast & Characters
Kerry Frampton: UBU
Scott Smith: The Writer