King Ubu

current Project

A rollicking, larger-than-life, puppet and music extravaganza presented by Terrapin Puppet Theatre and Mona Foma produced by Insite Arts.

Produced by
Insite Arts and MONA FOMA
Created by

King Ubu: a larger-than-life puppet extravaganza in a natural amphitheatre of rock and water (aka Cataract Gorge). Based on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, a wild satire of power and greed from nineteenth-century France, King Ubu was wickedly updated for a modern-day Launceston.

It’s a rollicking tale for the times—the story of a raging buffoon and wannabe dictator on a revolutionary rampage. With ginormous puppets, a huge cast that includes Kris McQuade (Rosehaven, Wentworth) and John Xintavelonis (The Lion King), and live music from Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie and his musical mates.

King Ubu was presented by Terrapin and Mona Foma as the centre piece of the 2020 festival and attracted audiences of over 7,500 across three nights.

This project was supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program and the City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program.    

Performance History

  • 2020


“Director Sam Routledge holds this massive event together. With the cast of thousands uniting behind the grotesquely heightened comedy and an elaborate pageantry that at times threatens to turn into a super-eisteddfod, King Ubu is community theatre at its most inclusive, spectacular and ambitious.”


Sam Routledge
Musical Director
Brian Ritchie
Writer / Dramaturg
Willoh S. Weiland
Sound Artist
Dylan Sheridan
Musical Arrangements
Dean Stevenson
Yyan Ng
Spike Mason
Emily Sanzaro,
Dean Stevenson
Puppet Maker
Bryony Anderson
Stage & Lighting Design
Costume Designer
Sabio Evans
Onesie Designer
Adele Varcoe
Lauren Neal
Lucy McDonald
Anna Barber
Marcus McKenzie
Denni Proctor
John Xintavelonis
Kris McQuade
Rachel Arianne Ogle
Sofie Burgoyne
Shannon McGurgan
Felicity Horsley
Encore Theatre Company
City of Launceston RSL Band
Allstar Cheer and Dance
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Youth and palawa kani Language Programs
Launceston College
Gabbee Stolp
Denni Proctor
Sound Engineer
Tom McKeand
Lighting Operator
Michelle Thorne



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