November 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Ubu sur la table

with La Pire Espèce
Ubu sur la table © Émilie Grosset
All grades - Secondary and Post-secondary Francophone Theatre Workshops

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes (possibility of adapting the workshop to 60 minutes)
Maximum number of participants: 25-30 students
Offered to students in class only (teacher must be present)
Offered in French only

A cross between learning and performance, this workshop offers a crash course on the expressive potential of objects and the basic rules of their manipulation, based on excerpts from La Pire Espèce’s mythical show Ubu sur la table.

Acting as both coaches and performers, the artists will present three scenes from the play and engage the students in a discussion about the processes at work in the show. Playful and lively, the workshop is a good way to discover the company’s approach while learning about object theatre.


Founded in 1999, La Pire Espèce combines techniques from various disciplines, including puppetry, object theatre, clowning, cabaret and street theatre. Through an exploration of the creative process, the company strives to develop a living, innovative and accessible art from. Bypassing theatrical illusion, it seeks to establish a direct relationship with the audience and truly engage the viewer.

For over 15 years, La Pire Espèce has been offering a series of workshops for all age groups from high school on up. With the aim of transmitting and sharing the artists’ expertise in object theatre, the workshops give students a complete overview, from theory to manipulation to original creative projects.

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