Franz Kafka, adapted by Lemn Sissay

Published by Nick Hern Books

3 Male 2 Female

A startling new adaptation of the classic novella, written by the poet Lemn Sissay for the UK’s leading touring company, Frantic Assembly.

Gregor Samsa wakes up each morning, quietly leaves the house to take the same train, and works to pay off the family debt.

But that world explodes one morning, when Gregor awakes to find himself changed.

To those around him he is dangerous, untouchable vermin.

Worse than that, he is a burden.

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka's shocking tale of cruelty and kindness, has been a literary landmark since it was first published in 1915.

Lemn Sissay's thrilling stage adaptation is a visceral and vital depiction of humans struggling within a system that crushes them under its heel.

Renowned for their distinctive physical approach to theatre, Frantic Assembly’s work is widely studied at GCSE, BTEC, AS and AS-level Drama as well as on undergraduate courses.


"In Sissay’s hands, the story of Gregor Samsa is one that explores masculinity... how it intersects with capitalism, patriarchy, mental health and breakdown” ~ The Guardian

" ingenious, nightmarish adaptation... Frantic Assembly has been rewriting the rulebook for almost three decades now; its rigorous physical exploration of emotion has won an ardent following" ~ The Times

"...outstanding... compelling and extremely moving... theatre at its best and most powerful" ~ The Reviews Hub

“Frantic Assembly creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. The company’s unique physical style attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture” ~ The British Council

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