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lunch noon—2.30pm, cafe 2.30—5pm.
bar open an hour before performances start. Airy. inviting space for lunch or pre-concert drinks. The food is buffet-style and good — usually a couple of hot dishes such as chicken provencale or leek quiche, and salads. A reasonable selection ofwines by the glass or bottle, which can be taken into the
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oasis of peace during Festival bustle.
It is a great Festival ior hill and vegetables. In the past this neglected group has tended to be relegated to
purely decorative, or at best, symbolic
roles. Few have had the chance to
demonstrate their enormous potential
as periormers. Ubu changes all that.
Green peppers excel as businessmen,
red ones as bankers, iennel heads wave their ironds as lavishly attired dinner guests, and the King oi Poland never looked so regal as now, when played by a sumptuous bunch oi red grapes.
Picture the poignancy, the dignity, oi a leek duchess: condamne a mort, she
processes bravely towards her executioner, her leaiy skirts spread
around her, and irom time to time liits a green sleeve to her pale cheek to wipe
away the tears, belore tossing her earth-bleached mane oi blonde roots
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as a deliant llnal gesture. Her periume as she is brutally decapitated is enough to moisten the eyes oi the most hard-hearted spectator.
It seems appropriate that this rich and colouriul cast oi vegetable stars should be making its debut in a play about the absurdity oi human tyrants - those throwing their weight around in the kitchen as much as those wreaking havoc in kingdoms. As they scheme tor power and taunt one another, it is Pere Ubu who looks the idiot overwhelmed by the exuberance oi a couple oi vociierous red cabbages, and Mere Ubu who is ridiculous as she iiirts with the noble carrot and bayleai iigure oi Capitaine Bordure.
What could be a more searing image oi the obscenity oi these people than a whole army oi carrots, potatoes, and cauliilowers laid waste, smashed to pieces by iutile lighting? Stabbed, beheaded, burnt, insulted, and generally massacred, what other Fringe actors would put themselves through this tor the sake oi their art, and what vegetable would perpetrate such atrocities?
l have heard a rumour that rabbit owners should see the surviving members oi the cast alter the show. I shudderto think why. (Catherine Fellows)
Ubu (Fringe) Nada Theatre, Theatre Workshop (Venue 20) 226 5425, until 5 Sept (not Suns), 7.45pm, £6 (£3.50).
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