Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis comes to life by the hand of Vanishing Point's Matthew Lenton
- Gareth K Vile
- 5 March 2020
The contemporary theatre director draws parallels between the classic text and the experience of migrants and refugees
From contemporary opera, through re-imagining the life and work of the legendary Scottish musician and poet Ivor Cutler, to sharp analyses of death and illness, Vanishing Point's director Matthew Lenton has established himself as one of the most dynamic and provocative contemporary theatremakers. For The Metamorphosis, the company take on Kafka's classic tale of alienation. Although Lenton's approach often takes shape in the rehearsal process, here he works with a well-known text, in contrast to many of his recent productions which have been more personal.
Lenton notes that The Metamorphosis 'is a beautiful and crystal clear metaphor, a funny but tragic story, with a contemporary relevance about how someone becomes the other.' Seeing parallels in the experience of migrants and refugees, Lenton is aiming for a production that 'has to pack a punch and show how someone is othered in a visceral not an ideological way.'
While The Metamorphosis marks another shift in Lenton's career, it continues his international collaboration with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and Glasgow's Tron Theatre and will have a scaled-down touring version in a similar format to last year's Dark Carnival. Plus it holds true to Lenton's vision of an engaged, experimental theatre, 'to tell a story that entertains and have people think about how the show affects their actions.'
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 10–Sat 21 Mar; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 1–Sat 4 Apr.