Media Release: Ubo on the Table – all the world’s grotesqueness on a table…


OR… what happens when a power-hungry vinegar bottle, hammer and sugar bowl fight for the Polish throne.

Québec’s foremost object theatre company, Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, presents the UK premiere of their international hit, Ubu on the Table, at Summerhall from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 28 August for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

After over 800 performances around the world, in more than 15 countries, this acclaimed adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi comes to Scotland.

All bets are off as the fate of Poland is sealed on a tabletop. Two armies of French baguettes face each other in a stand-off as tomato bombs explode, an egg beater hovers over fleeing troops and molasses-blood splatters on fork-soldiers.

“An iconoclastic version of an already irreverent and unbridled work, the performance is great fun and yet quite learned: theater specialists and connoisseurs will delight in the many subtle references, twists and delicious technical feats.” — Le Quotidien

The objects’ raw form and the performance’s frenetic pace are perfectly suited to Alfred Jarry’s cruel farce.

Together with the Bottle as Père Ubu, the Mini-Mop as his wife Mère Ubu, the Big Teapot as King Wenceslas, the Hammer as Captain Bordure and many other bizarre kitchen utensils that double as gorging tools and weapons to annihilate the ‘sagouins’, two talented actor-puppeteers hammer out a small-scale fresco of grandiose buffoonery.

Ubu on the Table was translated into English by Bobby Theodore and created by Olivier Ducas and Francis Monty. It is performed by Étienne Blanchette and Mathieu Gosselin with lighting by Jonas Bouchard.

Since its creation, the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning show Ubu on the Table has taken to the stage in cities and festivals in more than 15 countries, including France, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and Russia.

Founded in 1999 in Montréal by Francis Monty and Olivier Ducas, La Pire Espèce is a pioneer in object theatre in Québec and one of its puppetry scene’s leading figures. Impertinent, festive and witty, the company’s approach to theatre combines raw materials with unbridled imagination, baroque plenitude with surgical precision.

La Pire Espèce’s repertoire is now made up of 19 original productions that have been performed around the world.


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Media contact for Ubu on the Table

For further information, images and to arrange interviews and review tickets please contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: | M: 07913 951717

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Performance information, ticket prices and Box Office details

Venue details:

The Old Lab, Summerhall (Venue 26), 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Performance time and dates:

Time: 14:35 (15.45) Running time – 1 hour and 10 minutes

Wednesday 3 – Sunday 28 August 2016 (not 4, 10, 15, 22)

Ticket prices:

Previews – £6 – 3 and 5 August 2016

£12.00 / £10.00 concession

2 for 1 deal – 8 & 9 August 2016

Box Office details:

Summerhall: 0131 560 1581 /

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 0131 226 0026 /

Age guidance: 14+


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