Richard Hilliar is a wonderful actor and director, one of my ‘must see’ artists. His latest production UBU was written by him as well, and is seems to me that his talent is boundless. This play was adapted from a nineteenth century French play which apparently caused a riot at it premier. It was never performed again and the playwright’s other plays were ignored. This play is brimming with important and relevant political themes, but performed in an exuberant, absurdist, high camp style which is so entertaining that one is begging for a ‘third half’ as the performers are taking their bows. And the lines are so witty! The ensemble cast are all excellent and work beautifully with each other. A particularly strong element was the choreography and movement of the actors on the stage. This enhanced the ‘madness and mayhem’ being depicted enormously. Nicole Wineberg, was the producer as well as Princess Munt and looked spectacular in her glistening ‘pure white’ ensemble. There was so much creativity, energy and talent in this production and the cost of the ticket was so meagre…I cannot think of better value in my last ten years of attending theatre.
It was sold out last night when I saw it, but with such a short run, buy tickets immediately!