Come one, come all, to our natural amphitheatre of rock and water (aka the Gorge) for a larger-than-life puppet extravaganza based on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi: a wild satire of power and greed from nineteenth-century France, updated here for 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,’ says 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.
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 and Rachel Ogle
Props: Denni Proctor and Gabbee Stolp
Producers: Mona Foma and Insite Arts
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program and the City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program