The financial assistance
of the following institutions made this production possible:
Ubu and the Truth Commission is presented in association with The Kennedy Center, African Odyssey Program, sponsored by American Express.
HANDSPRING PUPPET COMPANY was founded in 1981 by four Fine Arts graduates including Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, who now head the company. Initially based in Cape Town, Handspring wrote and produced rod puppet plays for children, touring schools in South Africa and surrounding countries. In 1985 they produced their first play for adults, which was seen that year at the UNIMA festival in Charleville-Mézières. In 1986, Handspring built a studio in Johannesburg to be closer to the TV industry and for about four years divided their time between children's TV and theatre for adults. Encouraged by the response to their adult work, they collaborated with a succession of innovative directors, (including Barney Simon, founder of the Market Theatre), producing a new play for adults every 12 to 18 months. Handspring's partnership with the renowned artist, filmmaker and director, William Kentridge began in 1992, with his direction of Woyzeck on the Highveld which toured the world. Their other collaborations, Faustus in Africa, Ubu and the Truth Commission and Monteverdi' s Il Ritorno D¹Ulisse have been invited to perform across Europe and America.