Note this production contained strobe lighting.
Adaptation by Steven Berkoff
Steven Berkoff adapted Kafka's story, Metamorphosis for the stage in 1969. Berkoff understands the essence and power of the story, how Gregor Samsa is transformed into a beetle, and the many metamorphoses that take place within a family. Using a stark stage setting and no props, the actors use mime, and physical theatre to aid the telling of the dehumanisation of Gregor and the effects upon the family.
Gregor Samsa wakes in his bed to discover that he has transformed into a giant bug. Wondering what has happened, he looks around his small room, where everything appears normal. He tries to roll over and go back to sleep in order to forget about what has happened, but because of the shape of his back, he can only rock from side to side. As time marches on, a clerk from his office comes to the house to find out why he has not shown up for work, and his family are increasingly repulsed by his new form and his failure to fulfil his role as breadwinner.
Join Maskers for a story of physical transformation that tells of a deeper metamorphosis within Gregor's family and his own mind.
Using physical theatre, music and masks, Maskers push the boundaries of theatrical experience to tell this compelling story, of dehumanisation and alienation; the absurdity of life and the limits of sympathy. This thought-provoking performance will have the audience leaving challenged and exploring their own divide between body and mind.