The Nunney Players present Kafka’s The Metamorphosis at The Archangel in Frome on Wednesday 12 July at 7.30pm as part of the Frome Festival.
The Nunney Players present an irreverent adaptation of Kafka’s short story about family life.
Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924) was a German-language novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic.
Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis was first published in 1915. It has been called one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world.
The story begins with a travelling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature.
The cause of Gregor’s transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation.
The rest of Kafka’s novella deals with Gregor’s attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.
There are only 30 seats available for this one-off performance. Tickets cost £7 and are available from the Frome Festival box office at The Cheese & Grain in Frome.
Tickets for all Frome Festival events go on sale to the general public on 21 May (in person) and 22 May (online).
A Wonderland of Words
Director Dosia Reichardt is also involved in another event as part of the festival: A Wonderland of Words, presented by Level Pennings: Writers from Somerset.
This is an informal drop-in continuous reading of very varied 10-minute stories, memoirs and poems interspersed with discussion and comment. It takes place on Monday 10 July from 2pm until 4.30pm at The Archangel.
All the contributors have been writing for many years: expect to laugh and cry, to be surprised and delighted.
The readings are suitable for children. Tickets cost £3, with proceeds to local charity. Tickets are available at the Frome Festival box office at The Cheese & Grain in Frome.
The 2017 Frome Festival takes place from 6 to 17 July. Full details are available on the Frome Festival website.