Written by Franz Kafka, adapted and directed by David Farr and Gisli
Produced by Lyric Hammersmith and Vesturport Theatre
This adaptation of a novel, first published in 1915, which foresaw the
extermination of Jews by the Nazis, does not possess the chilling menace
of the book written by Franz Kafka.
Plus points however are when the lighting creates a prison-like effect
to the bedroom of Gregor Samsa (Bjorn Thors), who had earlier woken up
one morning transformed into an insect turned into an insect after waking
up one morning - with bars ranged all down the wall.
The stage design of the bedroom is also unsettling, with the floor being
upright, which adds to the alienation from his family suffered by Gregor
after his hideous transformation.
His physical appearance sickens them but they also feel aggrieved towards
him because - prior to his metamorphosis - he was the main wage earner
in the family. This forces some of them to have to return to work to maintain
their living standards.
They become increasingly detached from him, and stop regarding him as
a human being, as was the case with the guards in concentration camps,
be it in Germany or the USSR, or more recently the American soldiers’
attitude towards inmates at Guantanamo Bay.
This leads to Gregor becoming more and more isolated from any semblance
of humanity towards him.
The ending is marvellous to watch, with some spellbinding lighting effects,
symbolising the dark deed that had befallen Gregor.
Special mention must go the ever-present menacing musical score composed
by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, which adds pathos to Gregor’s predicament.
Comment left by steph on 17th September, 2008 at 15:46
the book was so much better than the movie