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Ubu Disco From Jarry’s Absurdist Classic. (Page 188).
Drams full glass.
Venue Big Belly at the Underbelly. (Venue No 61)
Address Cowgate (Entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street).
Reviewer Georgina Merry.

The fiendish and obscene Pa Ubu dons a dodgy tracksuit in this riotous adaptation of an already marvellous play. You won’t be able to stop laughing from the moment vulgar, foul-mouthed Ubu runs on stage in his underpants. This late-night performance is an ideal way to kick-start a night of clubbing or a great way to round off an evening after a few drinks in the pub. It is not for those who are easily offended, who do not enjoy parodies or silly/absurd humour.

Ubu has already made a name for himself through treachery, deceit and greed. Now he wants more. His wife convinces him to kill the Elvis-singing, tiara-wearing king in order that he usurp the throne. What follows is a burlesque-style escapade with AWFUL singing that won’t fail to make you giggle like a school boy. The humour is base – but don’t be fooled, this is not just a tacky excuse for bad language and hideous clothing.

The evolution of this play is very interesting. When originally written in the late 1890’s, it was intended as a grotesque, almost puppet-like depiction of the bourgeoisie, based loosely on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Hamlet and Richard III. The author’s aim was to shock and offend his audience with swearing and crude behaviour from start to finish. However, these days we are so used to such methods in entertainment to recreate this piece as it was originally intended would probably not have worked as well. Its transition into this Karaoke Kingdom works splendidly, with silly, humour that may well have been missed if not set against such a bizarre and unlikely background.
© Georgina August 18 2004 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs to August 29 at 23:55.
Company Skullduggery Theatre Company.
Company Website www.wskullduggery.co.uk


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