Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

FRINGE '04 REVIEW: After Kafka

After Kafka - Theatre Pataphysical


Review by Jyoti

WHEN? Friday Feb 13th through Wednesday Feb 18th, 2004; 9:30 PM show.
WHERE? Bats Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Mt. Victoria.
HOW MUCH?: $15 waged, $12 concession and $10 Fringe Addict card holders.


  • Click to view press release
  • Star Rating: **** 4 = Impressive

    Without even starting After Kafka struck a chord of extreme drama that was sustained throughout the one hour performance. As audience members filed to their seats the stage was set with all the players striking a dramatic multileveled pose. Large paper light structures resembling internally lit carcasses hung from the rafters along with an upturned chair and suitcase both encrusted with morosely dank personal effects. The overall effect was one of an accepted, if visually unpleasant, disorder that served as a visual precursor to the performance to come.

    The premise is Kafka in contemplation; frozen before the blank pages that will eventually hold the lines of 'Metamorphosis' while the other six characters engage in a series of monologues proposing scenarios of existence through which they search for meaning and Kafka's interest. This unapologetically abstract script in no way attempts to tell a tale you can tag along with. The audience is forced to construct their own interpretation of the metaphors suggested in the scenarios and therefore becomes engaged in the same process as the characters themselves: a search for meaning.

    Extremely zealous performances, a discordant soundscape and reasonably physical theatrical techniques keep the audience engaged. All you need is a Kafkaesque disinterest in getting anywhere with anyone to enjoy this celebration of meaninglessness.

    While I found the over dramatised characters close to insufferable people with an interest in Kafka and those amused by a zealous acknowledgement of life's pointlessness may be intrigued.

    ENDS

    © Scoop Media

     
     
     
    Top Scoops Headlines

     

    27-29 Sept: Social Enterprise World Forum Live Blog

    1600+ delegates from more than 45 countries have came together to share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future using social enterprise as a vehicle. Attending the Forum were social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe... More>>

    HiveMind Report: A Universal Basic Income For Aotearoa NZ

    Results from this HiveMind suggests that an overwhelming majority of Kiwis believe that due to changing circumstances and inefficiencies in the current system, we need a better system to take care of welfare of struggling members in our society. More>>

    ALSO:

    Scoop Hivemind: Medical Cannabis - Co-Creating A Policy For Aotearoa

    Welcome to the fourth and final HiveMind for Scoop’s Opening the Election campaign for 2017. This HiveMind explores the question: what would a fair, humane and safe Medical Cannabis policy look like for Aotearoa, NZ in 2018? More>>

    ALSO:

    Lyndon Hood: Notes On National’s Election Campaign, In Poem Form

    Nationyl’s bitumen-ing / As they du du / Seed groweth / River floweth / Then ‘dozer drives thru / Highway ensu. More>>