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Metamorphosis (Resuscitate Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2013

Achingly poignant and visually arresting, this imaginative reworking of Kafka’s classic play shines a powerful spotlight on the often dehumanising treatment of the elderly. The female Gregor, taking medication to cope with her stressful job, awakes one morning to find herself transformed – not into the insect of Kafka’s original, but into an old lady, strikingly conveyed with the entrance of a puppet. The gradual shift of focus from the actress playing Gregor, who remains present, to the puppet illuminates the way in which Gregor’s family, heard as offstage voices, begin to treat her as an inhuman burden rather than the person she was. As beautiful as it is heartbreaking, this production will live long in the memory.

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, until 10 Aug, 8.35pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]