King Ubu hits town!

Published on 13 January 2020

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Just a reminder to all MONA FOMA fans that the incredible KING UBU puppet extravaganza will be held over three nights at the Cataract Gorge this week.

Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to attend this unique and amazing free performance on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings in the Cataract Gorge from 8pm through to 9.10pm.

If you're planning on attending, you're encouraged to park in the Bathurst Street car park and catch the shuttle bus OR parking is at West Launceston Primary School.

The shuttle bus from Bathurst Street is a rolling shuttle continuously from 6 to 10pm.

You're also welcome to bring a picnic, however there will be a bar with a limited number of food vendors on site.

And a reminder to all patrons, the responsible consumption of alcohol will be permitted during this performance only.

The King Ubu cast includes many locals and the traditional storyline has been rewritten with a Launceston theme.

The show is based on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi: a wild satire of power and greed from nineteenth-century France, updated here for modern-day Launceston.

The stage is nine metres high alongside the pool, with some characters up to 3.5 metres high. Any and all vantage points on the grassed area will be good. You can even watch the performance from the pool if you're brave enough!