ED2017 3/5 Reviews ED2017 Theatre Reviews

Kafka And Son (Theaturtle, Threshold, Richard Jordan Productions in association with the Pleasance)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

“Dearest Father”, begins Franz Kafka’s famous unsent letter to his father, a sentimental salutation that, as the letter proved, bore little resemblance to their actual relationship. This production dramatises that letter, on a stage strewn with wire-frame structures that could have been lifted straight from Kafka’s pages. Sole actor Alon Nashman’s mannered interpretation feels perfectly pitched – you can readily believe this neurotic, fragile man created such hapless put-upons as Gregor Samsa and Josef K. It’ll polarise, I think – an hour and change of grandiloquent prose is a tough ask for any audience, and you may struggle to stay engaged throughout the lengthier digressions – but as a portrait of a toxic, destructive relationship, it is thorough and exacting.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]