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Celebrating Kafka’s legacy: Innovative adaptation of The Metamorphosis comes to The Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon

2024 marks 100 years since the death of Franz Kafka, one of the most celebrated and influential authors of the 20th Century. Winchester based Mild Peril Theatre present a new adaptation of the classic story of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka at The Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon.

Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm, tickets £18 from the box office on 0343 310 0040 or online at

‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.’

So begins one of the most influential stories of the 20th Century, about a man made to feel so alienated and worthless by the world around him that he literally transforms into an insect.

Mild Peril Theatre’s new adaptation explores the ways in which our society conspires to force us apart, and the ways in which our humanity brings us together. In this fresh interpretation, Kafka's timeless tale is transported into the modern world, meticulously exploring the areas of contemporary life that mirror the challenges faced by Gregor Samsa. With a renewed focus on mental health, social activism, and the search for identity, this adaptation fearlessly confronts the pressing issues of our time and invites audiences to reflect on their own struggles and triumphs.

Through Gregor’s transformation, and the changes experienced by those around him, his metamorphosis shows us what it really means to be human.

Simon Spearing, Director, said, ‘If Kafka could see the world now, I think he would laugh at how it is even much more confusing and bureaucratic than when he was writing. The Metamorphosis is a story we could all learn from as our lives and social interactions become ever more complex and challenging. We are delighted to be visiting The Swindon Arts Centre, it’s such a great venue and it’s a pleasure to spend time there.’

Mild Peril Theatre are performing The Metamorphosis at The Swindon Arts Centre in May. With a skilled ensemble cast, full set, atmospheric music and effects including Gregor’s shocking transformation this performance shows just why Kafka’s celebrated story is as important today as it ever was.

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