As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.’
The Metamorphosis is a new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s classic story of a man whose society causes him to feel so isolated and worthless that he physically transforms into a giant insect. Kafka’s Prague in 1915 was full of confusing bureaucracy, indecipherable rules and regulations and a host of reasons why Gregor should grow to consider himself utterly worthless. Today, our world is not so different. Our government and social structures have never been more complex, confusing, and… well, Kafkaesque. The world bustles along with little time or energy to notice those around us who may be struggling, and social media bombards us with images of perfect people with perfect lives, completely unattainable for most of us.
Gregor’s life is full of contradictions, confusion and reasons to feel inadequate. Following his shocking metamorphosis he finally begins to realise what it means to be human. But is it too late? As his mind adapts to his new life Gregor grows ever more distant from the world, and his family begin to undergo their own transformations.
Franz Kafka’s story of a misfit trying to adapt to his busy world is as relevant now as it ever was. This new adaptation explores the many aspects of modern life which conspire to isolate us from each other, and what it is about being human which brings us closer together.
Mild Peril Theatre presents a new adaptation of this classic tale, exploring the ways in which our society conspires to force us apart, and the ways in which our humanity brings us together. In this fresh interpretation, Kafka’s timeless tale is transported into the modern world, meticulously exploring the areas of contemporary life that mirror the challenges faced by Gregor Samsa. With a renewed focus on mental health, social activism, and the search for identity, this adaptation fearlessly confronts the pressing issues of our time and invites audiences to reflect on their own struggles and triumphs.
Mild Peril Theatre are bringing The Metamorphosis to The Exchange Studio at the Hazlitt Theatre on . With a skilled ensemble cast, full set, atmospheric music and effects including Gregor’s shocking transformation this performance shows just why Kafka’s celebrated story is as important today as it ever was.
- Performing arts
- Theatre and drama
The performance will last for two hours with one interval.
Tickets £20, concessions £18
Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom, ME14 1PL
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