Metamorphosis: Sept 2017 - March 2018

Metamorphosis: Sept 2017 - March 2018

Are you normal?

Gregor Samsa is. He has a nice normal job and a nice normal family and lives in a nice normal house with normal wishes and normal dreams and a nice normal future to look forward to.

That is until the day he wakes to discover he has turned into a giant insect.

In a new creative adaptation, Splendid Productions get their scrabbly little insect legs on Franz Kafka's chilling story of dislocation, mutation and isolation and transform it into a slithering, creeping, wriggling, delightful, comical, tragical, musical, physical theatrical adventure for everyone who has woken up wondering: has the world changed, or is it just me?

The production runs from September 2017 until March 2018 - Please note that our in-school performances are now SOLD OUT, but tickets are still available for theatre shows - full details are below.

Metamorphosis DVD, script and Teacher Pack are available to purchase now from our shop.

Theatre Performances 2018

JUST ADDED! Forest Art Centre, Wednesday 7 March, 2pm - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
The Whitty Theatre, Luckly House School, Wokingham, Wednesday 21 March, 4pm

Ticket prices from £9. Prices may vary where booking fees apply . Group rates are available, please contact theatres for details.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: The in-school slots for the tour are now sold out for Autumn and Spring. If you are interested in a performance in school we have a waiting list, as there are often cancellations over the course of the tour. You can email us or use our enquiry form to send us your details.

The performance will be filmed for a DVD - available now - and we are always available to run stand-alone workshops throughout the year. There's more information about our workshop programme below.

Splendid’s touring production for 2017/2018 is Kerry Frampton’s new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s short story ‘Metamorphosis’. It’s an hour-long performance with a multi-roling cast of three, employing a range of our regular student-stealable theatrical techniques including:

  • Brechtian episodic structure
  • Strong physical and vocal ensemble storytelling
  • Choral precision
  • Breaking the fourth wall
  • Exaggerated characterisation
  • Music, mime and puppetry

The performance is suitable for ages 12+, and is ideal for students studying Brecht or Berkoff, as an example of creative adaptation, an inspiration for devising or a well-supported professional production for live review.

The production is available for in-school performances with accompanying workshops plus public shows in selected theatres. Tickets will soon go on sale for theatre shows, and further public performances will be announced throughout the year.

As with previous years we offer 3hr sessions (1hr performance plus up to 3 simultaneous 90min workshops), full-day sessions (1hr performance plus up to 3 simultaneous 4hr workshops), or performances only with optional post-show discussion, which can take place after school or in the evening. The tour schedule and prices are laid out below.

There is no limit to the audience size for the performance, but the workshops are limited to 25 students working with each of our three cast members in up to 3 simultaneous sessions (we can work with groups of up to 40 if there are fewer workshops). Our workshop programme is linked closely to the production, and this year you can choose from:

  • Practitioner workshops on Brecht or Berkoff
  • Physical Storytelling
  • Metamorphosis – Splendid’s approach to the adaptation

An extensive education pack is included, and the performance will be filmed for a DVD release along with the script in early 2018 for detailed review purposes.

Please note that, like our version of Kafka’s ‘The Trial’, this is a new adaptation based on Kafka’s original text that does not refer to Berkoff’s version. However, as with every Splendid production our work demonstrates many techniques that relate directly to Berkoff’s theatrical style.

Booking is now open for in-school sessions.If you'd like us to find you a date there are three ways to do it: complete our online booking form, email us at, or call us on 0208 318 6469.

Regular clients will notice that this year's schedule is different from previous years, with even more vague geographical areas. While we always do our best to accommodate bookings in all areas, we also have to consider creating a sensible itinerary, so please be aware that we cannot guarantee specific dates, and we may not be able to confirm your session immediately.

Here's where we are touring to in Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018:

Autumn 2017
25 - 29 SeptemberSOUTH EAST
02 OctoberPleasance Islington (theatre show, see above)
09 - 13 OctoberSOUTH WEST
16 - 18 OctoberSOUTH
06 - 08 NovemberNORTH
13 - 15 NovemberNORTH
16 NovemberLowry Salford (theatre show, see above)
20 - 22 NovemberDERBY / NOTTS
27 - 29 NovemberMIDLANDS
4 - 6 DecemberEAST
11 - 13 DecemberSOUTH
Spring 2018
08 - 10 JanuarySOUTH
09 JanuaryQuarry Theatre, Bedford (theatre show, see above)
15 - 17 JanuarySOUTH WEST
15 JanuaryBlake Theatre, Monmouth (theatre show, see above)
22 - 24 JanuaryNORTH
29 - 31 JanuaryNORTH
05 - 07 FebruaryMIDLANDS
19 - 21 FebruaryDERBY / NOTTS
19 Februarymac, Birmingham (theatre show, see above)
05 - 07 MarchSOUTH
12 - 14 MarchEAST
19 - 21 MarchEAST
26 - 28 MarchSOUTH
Metamorphosis Prices
Production Price (exc VAT @20%)
Metamorphosis performance (approx 1hr) and 1.5hr workshop £585.00
Metamorphosis performance (approx 1hr) and 4hr workshop £985.00
Metamorphosis evening performance with optional post-show discussion £585.00

We do not charge supplementary travel or subsistence costs, although these may be added in exceptional circumstances. All bookings are subject to our cancellation policy.