The Metamorphosis is the story of an ordinary man who wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Soon he begins to realise he’s got bigger problems than being late for work. His family, shocked by his bizarre condition, barricade him into his room, unwilling to accept that somewhere inside this behemoth of a bug is their son.
Franz Kafka’s hugely influential, tragicomic, iconic novella is brought vividly to life in this international co-production between Vanishing Point, Tron Theatre and Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Italy), adapted and directed by Vanishing Point's Matthew Lenton and designed by Kenneth MacLeod (The Dark Carnival).
Performed in Italian.
'In a time of crisis, Vanishing Point Theatre’s 20th anniversary production offers the pure, poignant joy – probably soon to be denied us, for a while – of gathering together to experience a show that says almost all we could wish to say about this troubled moment in human history.'
★★★★★ The Scotsman (full review)
'Under the guidance of director Matthew Lenton, the company’s penchant for dark visual poetry is at a premium in this new theatricalisation of Kafka’s tale... Lenton and his team have turned Gregor’s existential drudgery into an exquisitely realised portrait of what happens when you push someone into a corner enough to dehumanise them from a system they can no longer bear.’
★★★★★ The Herald (full review)
'As a portrait of contemporary othering due to gender, nationality and language, it’s a powerful piece. Amid the coronavirus outbreak that halted the show’s Italian premiere, the tangible sense of body horror and repulsion is almost impossible to bear.' ★★★★★ The Stage (full review)
'Vanishing Point tends to develop much of its acclaimed, highly distinctive work in rehearsal, often creating radical versions of plays such as Maurice Maeterlinck’s Interiorsand John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. However, the company’s stunning take on Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis is remarkably faithful to its source, and it marks a culmination of Lenton’s concerns and signature style.' ★★★★★ The Times (full review)
'Based, ingeniously, but tremendously faithfully, upon Franz Kafka’s outstanding novella, the piece is as perfect a fit between a theatre director’s aesthetic and a writer’s narrative as I have witnessed in quite some time. Matthew Lenton, artistic director of Vanishing Point, has a very distinctive, poetic visual style.' ★★★★★ The Herald On Sunday (full review)
Vanishing Point / Tron Theatre / Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione co-production
After the story by Franz Kafka
Adapted and Directed by Matthew Lenton
Text by Matthew Lenton and Joanna Bowman, Elicia Daly, Nico Guerzoni, Paul Thomas Hickey, Robert Jack, Alana Jackson, Sam Stopford, Hannah Visocchi
Set & Costume Design by Kenneth MacLeod
Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson
Sound Design and Music Composition by Mark Melville