Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens rewrites Jarry’s King Ubu

7th February 2012http://www.theatrevoice.com/7706/award-winning-playwright-simon-stephens-rewrites-king-ubu/#comments5 Comments·

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INTERVIEW: SIMON STEPHENS

The award-winning playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his new play, The Trial of Ubu, which is currently at the Hampstead Theatre in a production directed by Katie Mitchell and which features a puppet version of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi (1896). Recorded: 7 February 2012.

I always start a play from a position of doubt rather than confidence, and the many contradictions involved in the work of international human rights courts felt innately dramatic.