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Beetlemania: Kafka For Kids (Full Sail Productions / Nick Williams Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 12 August 2018

You know you’ve done children’s theatre right when you have an audience made up of 95% adults, 5% children, yet everyone is crying with laughter. Especially when your audience is laughing at a woman having trouble controlling a group of rowdy, invisible people… in Finnish. But don’t be fooled by the silliness, this is Kafka we’re dealing with – it’s sombre, it’s about suffering, it’s about flying puppets made of cardboard. Wait, what? In a production that stretches the bounds of what can be told to children, ‘Beetlemania’ will have you laughing at everything from pineapples to obscure Czech authors. I’ve read Kafka in the original German, and it wasn’t anywhere near as good as this.

Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ela Portnoy]