ED2021 Theatre Reviews

Metamorphosis (Hijinx)

By | Published on Sunday 22 August 2021

When I first read Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’, the sheer creative audacity of the story blew my mind. This excellent Zoom-based adaptation from Hijinx does the same. There’s a lot to unpack, with proceedings taking on a distinctly meta feel as we observe both an online adaptation of the story, and the writing and devising process. Unlike some other online offerings, the medium is part of the message here, an exploration of (dis)connection, inclusion and isolation. There’s an interactive element – blessedly optional – and the structuring of both narrative and meta-narrative into chapters cleverly keeps the audience’s attention – so easily lost in Zoom webinars! Layers of meaning and subtext accrue throughout the performance, which balances absurdity and existential horror (the new normal?) with grace and style.

Summerhall Online, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]