Teatro Carlos Alberto

O Julgamento de Ubu

by Simon Stephens + UBUs, by Alfred Jarry

dramaturgy and direction Nuno M Cardoso

O Julgamento de Ubu


In 1888, Alfred Jarry premiered his Ubu Roi, performed by the Puppets of the Theatre of Phynances. More than a hundred years later, British playwright Simon Stephens imagined a sequel for it: O Julgamento de Ubu [The Trial of Ubu] (2010), a play that is now performed by the Teatro de Marionetas do Porto and staged by Nuno M Cardoso. At the start, the scatological nonsense of Jarry鈥檚 Ubuesque saga will be conveyed to us through the art of puppetry; later on, human performers will play the trial, sitting Ubu in the dock of an International Criminal Court, thus instigating a collective soul-searching on power and its operations. 鈥淭his trial. This language. It鈥檚 important to you, isn鈥檛 it?鈥, Ubu confronts us. The play of manipulation and scale of puppets and humans delineates a savage satire of the struggle between legal and moral justice that leaves us face to face with the intransigence of Ubu, a symbol for contemporary dictators. 鈥淒o you know what is going on in my head as I stand here listening to you talking about justice?鈥


by Simon Stephens + UBUs, by Alfred Jarry dramaturgy and direction Nuno M Cardoso translation UBUs Lu铆sa Costa Gomes translation O Julgamento de Ubu Nuno M Cardoso

dramaturgy support Maria In锚s Marques artistic consultant Ricardo Leite puppets and costumes Jo茫o Pedro Trindade lighting design Filipe Azevedo

cast Bernardo Gavina, Joana Petiz, Micaela Soares, Shirley Resende, V铆tor Gomes(video) Maria Quintelas, S茅rgio S谩 Cunha, Tiago Sarmento

co-produced by Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o

playing time 1:30 Ages 12 and up