Premiered at A.S.T. Fort Tignè on 19th July 1985
Directed by Michael Fenech
Pa Ubu: Mario Attard
Ma Ubu: Dominic Said
Ohrajn: Pino Scicluna, William Hammett, Joe Camilleri, Michael Tabone, Raymond Abdilla, Peter Busuttil, Simon Curmi, Chris Gatt
P’Ubu, based on Alfred Jarry’s masterpiece, was adapted for the Maltese theatre to satirize the political scene in the early eighties in Malta. The original is a stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences with its scatological references during the 1896 premiere. The farce satirizes the tendency of the successful bourgeois to abuse his authority and become irresponsibly complacent. Championed as the first absurdist drama, “Ubu Roi, which is a twisted reimaging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth features a main character that is cruel, gluttonous, and grotesque and whose nagging wife spurs him to bigger things.