Anglia Contemporary Theatre presents the masters of controversy

Published: 19 December 2007 at 10:37

Plays by French avant-garde playwrights Alfred Jarry and Jean Genet.

A number of Drama students from Anglia Ruskin University are staging two shows in January which they have created, produced and will be performing as part of their second-year of study at the Department of Music and Performing Arts in Cambridge.

Dr Gianna Bouchard from the Department of Music & Performing Arts at Anglia Ruskin said:

“These performances will not disappoint. They are as dynamic as they are diverse and controversial.  The directors and students have pulled out all the stops to impress and this is exactly what they will do.”

10 and 11 January 2008 @ 7.30pm

Director - Simon Bell

Tickets: £8
Concessions: £5

‘Schittabugger and bugger-pschitt!’ - Pa Ubu

The performance opens in Paris on 10 December in 1896. It is the first performance of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi (King Ubu), a play developed by Alfred Jarry which is widely acknowledged as a theatrical precursor to the Absurdist, Dada and Surrealist art movements.  It is the first of three plays written throughout Jarry's life that satirize European philosophies, and their sometimes ludicrous practices.

Actor Firmin Gemier, playing Ubu, strode to the footlights and roared "Merdre!" at the audience. It took nearly 15 minutes to silence the house and continue the play, fist fights broke out in the orchestra. The stage manager startled the audience into silence by turning up the house lights revealing screaming patrons standing on their seats and shaking their upraised fists.

One audience member, a stunned and saddened William Butler Yeats, remarked "What more is possible? After us the savage God?"

And from this moment, Ubu the King, anarchic, cowardly, greedy, unutterably vile, obscenely erupted into literature, art and politics...

17 and 18 January 2008 @ 7.30pm

Director - Nigel Ward

Jean Genet - Le Balcon

Outside the blood runs in the streets as a revolution begins. But inside the house of illusion, fantasy works to keep reality at bay.

Written in 1956 Jean Genet's most famous play mixes role-play and savage satire, power games and political upheaval. Clients at Le Balcon, the city's most luxurious brothel, gather to play out their fantasies, but reality is on the point of bursting in and fiction will soon be needed to confront fact.

Let Madam Irma and her girls provide an evening of enchantment at Le Balcon. Discretion assured, satisfaction guaranteed, at a reasonable price.

Tickets: £8
Concessions: £5

Tickets available from the Mumford Theatre Box Office: 0845 196 2320