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15 January 2020 - 17 January 2020
“BIGGER THAN BEN-HUR”
Presented by Mona Foma and Terrapin.
King Ubu: a larger-than-life puppet extravaganza in a natural amphitheatre of rock and water (aka Cataract Gorge). Based on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, a wild satire of power and greed from nineteenth-century France, King Ubu was wickedly updated for a modern-day Launceston.
It’s a rollicking tale for the times—the story of a raging buffoon and wannabe dictator on a revolutionary rampage. ‘And it’ll be bigger than Ben Hur,’ said Mona Foma Festival Dad Brian Ritchie. But with more puppets and stuff, including performances by the local Launnie community and live music by Ritchie and his musical mates.
2020: 15 – 17 January, First Basin, Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania
Writer / Dramaturg: Willoh S. Weiland
Director: Sam Routledge
Musical Director: Brian Ritchie
Sound Artist: Dylan Sheridan
Musical Arrangements: Dean Stevenson
Band: Dean Stevenson, Emily Sanzaro, Spike Mason and Yyan Ng
Puppet Maker: Bryony Anderson
Costume Designer: Sabio Evans
Onesie Designer: Adele Varcoe
Cast: Kris McQuade, John Xintavelonis, Denni Proctor, Marcus McKenzie, Anna Barber, Lucy McDonald and Lauren Neal
Puppeteers: Felicity Horsley, Shannon McGurgan, Rachel Arianne Ogle and Sofie Burgoyne
Props: Denni Proctor and Gabbee Stolp
Producers: Mona Foma and Insite Arts
Assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program and the City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program
Images courtesy of MONA FOMA/Jesse Hunniford