THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 22ND JUNE 2014
Renowned theatre company Cheek By Jowl performs Alfred Jarry's brutal French language satire about greed and the abuse of power in a 10-day run at the Barbican. Drawing on the plot-lines from Shakespearean drama and boasting a bigger body count than a Quentin Tarantino film, Ubu Roi tells the story of the grotesque Pere Ubu, who is egged on by his monstrous wife to murder the royal family of Poland and usurp the crown. There follows a reign of terror, the perversely evil yet comically absurd nature of which inspired riots on the play's premiere in Paris in 1896. Subsequently outlawed for its scandalous language (Ubu's first two lines are 'Merde' - the French word for shit), violence and disrespect for authority, Jarry's curious work inspired future absurdist playwrights such as Beckett and Ionesco, and is celebrated for its quality and impact despite its often nonsensical phrasing.
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