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King Ubu

"King Ubu" by Alfred Jarry is a world-famous play the premiere of which in Paris in 1896 ended with a scandal. Many regard this as the beginning of modern theatre and art. The play is produced in Estonia for the first time. In the words of the directors
Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper, this is a rock-opus where musician (and author of musical design) Chalice has been offered the lead. The other protagonist is Marika Vaarik. The rest of the cast include Tambet Tuisk, Mirtel Pohla, Gert Raudsep, Jaak Prints, Kristjan Sarv etc.

"King Ubu" tells the story of an ordinary man Ubu who intrigues his way to the throne of Poland. Intoxicated with power he launches an attack against Russia. He is egged on by his faithful Mother Ubu. The play is both crazy and funny and constructed loosely enough to enable to treat it in different keys. This time the directors decided to try out the musical version. "The production is going to be quite jolly and will have a social message as well,” said Ojasoo in an interview.

The play will run in summer 2007. Performances take place near Haapsalu
on Kiltsi airfield in two mighty hangars, which enables to operate regardless of the weather. The location is described by the directors as ‘romantic’.
Stage design by Ene-Liis Semper, who also produced sets for NO99
previous open-air performance "Seven Samurais" in the abandoned swimming pools in Kadriorg Park.

Photos: Ene-Liis Semper