Poignant Kafka classic at Wyvern Theatre

By Barrie Hudson - 27 March 2024

Arts and Culture
  • A key scene from the production

    A key scene from the production

Winchester-based Mild Peril Theatre brings an adaptation of Franz Kafka tale The Metamorphosis to Swindon's Wyvern Theatre on Thursday 9 May.

This year marks 100 years since the death of Kafka, one of the most celebrated and influential authors of the 20th Century.
His story, The Metamorphosis, famously begins: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect."
The tale is one of the most influential ever written, dealing with themes of alienation and feelings of worthlessness.
Director Simon Spearing said: "If Kafka could see the world now, I think he would laugh at how it is even much more confusing and bureaucratic than when he was writing. 

"The Metamorphosis is a story we could all learn from as our lives and social interactions become ever more complex and challenging. We are delighted to be visiting The Swindon Arts Centre, it’s such a great venue and it’s a pleasure to spend time there."
Mild Peril Theatre’s new adaptation explores 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.
Through Gregor’s transformation, and the changes experienced by those around him, his metamorphosis shows what it really means to be human.
Tickets are priced at £18 and available from the box office on 0343 310 0040 or online at www.trafalgartickets.com

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