King Ubu

Massive Puppet + Music Extravaganza

A world premiere by Mona Foma + Terrapin


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.

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.


  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020 | 08:00 PM
  • Thursday, 16 January 2020 | 08:00 PM
  • Friday, 17 January 2020 | 08:00 PM


Cataract Gorge, 74-90 Basin Road, Launceston 7250  View Map

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