Adapted by Stephen Berkoff from the novella by Franz Kafka.
Kafka’s novella, Metamorphosis was first published in 1912, and was adapted into a stage play by Steven Berkoff in 1969. Curtin’s Theatre Arts and the Hayman Theatre Company is excited to present the WA premiere of this adaptation in 2020.
A travelling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes up one morning to discover he has transformed into ‘some kind of monstrous insect’. This story follows him as he is locked in his room, cut off from his family and his former life.
With disruptions to 2020, ‘normal’ may not be as comfortable as it once was, and we are forced to adapt or find a natural coping mechanism. “This is a play that shifts between representing the pressures from family and society to be part of the ‘busyness’ culture to the abandonment felt when isolated. It's about how society and individuals can be cruel as well as kind. It's a story that asks what isolation from one's own self and truth does as well as examining humanity’s capacity for selflessness and selfishness”, said director, Teresa Izzard.
This highly stylised production has the actors mime and physically climb to unearth the truth of this story. Actor Samuel Addison, who plays Gregor, uses acrobatics to embolden the ‘monstrous insect’ of the novella. “This is an iconic piece of physical theatre. It is choreographed almost like a piece of dance”, continues Izzard.
Metamorphosis is tragic but has also been described as “brutally comic” by translator Susan Bernofsky. A visual and physical rollercoaster that invites the audience to consider pressure, isolation and what makes life worth living... or not.
Venue: Hayman Theatre, Building 302, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley