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.

Ubu and the Truth Commission

Creative Team

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.

William Kentridge

Associate Director
Janni Younge

Jane Taylor

William Kentridge

Assistant Animators
Tau Qwelane, Suzie Gable,

Robin Orlin

Puppet design and direction
Adrian Kohler

Warrick Sony, Brendan Jury

TRC research
Antjie Krog

Lighting design
Wesley France

Sound design
Wilbert Schubel

Film editor
Catherine Meyburgh

Ubu and the Truth Commission


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

Ubu and the Truth Commission