Ubu and the Truth Commission

Ubu and the Truth Commission combines puppetry, performance by live actors, music, animation and documentary footage. The play is based on the hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and on a 19th century licentious slob – Ubu Roi – created in 1888 by the French playwright, Alfred Jarry, when he was still a student. In this production Ubu is a policeman for whom torture, murder, sex and food are all variations of a single gross appetite.

Creative Team

Production: Handspring Puppet Company with Art Bureau (Munich), Kunstfest (Weimar), Migros Kulturprozent (Switzerland), Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover, The Standard Bank National Arts Festival, the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and the Market Theatre Foundation.
Director: William Kentridge
Writer: Jane Taylor
Animation: William Kentridge, Assistant animators: Tau Qwelane, Suzie Gable, Choreography: Robin Orlin
Puppet design and direction: Adrian Kohler
Music: Warrick Sony, Brendan Jury,
TRC research: Antjie Krog,
Lighting design: Wesley France,
Sound design: Wilbert Schubel
Film editor: Catherine Meyburgh,


Dawid Minnaar, Busi Zokufa, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Louis Seboko


1997 South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway, USA, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, UK

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