Pere Ubu is the central character in a
series of absurdist plays by Frenchman
Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). "Pere" is French for "father." "Ubu"
is the name of the character.
- The band was named Pere Ubu because:
- It seemed like a good idea at the time
- The name looked good, sounded good, had 3 syllables,
and wasn't likely to mean much of anything to anyone
- Jarry's production ideas called for engaging the
audience's imagination in the creative process. He used
masks, his characters spoke in a monotone & placards
were used to set scenes. For example, when an army
crossed a river, a placard was set on stage reading,
"Polish Army Crosses Such-&-Such River," as one
person walked across the stage.