After success at this year’s Brighton Fringe, Franz Kafka – Apparatus, a chilling reimagining of Kafka’s 1914 short story In the Penal Colony written, will transfer to London for a strictly limited three-week season in January. Time to get booking!
Blue Devil Productions’ premiere production of Franz Kafka – Apparatus, written and directed by Ross Dinwiddy, will run at London’s White Bear Theatre from 8 to 26 January 2019, with a press night on 10 January. In this five-star reviewed and award-nominated play from Brighton Fringe 2018, tragedy, comedy, horror and the absurd intermingle in a dramatic labyrinth of cruelty, obsession and madness.
The Traveller is only on the island for a few days, he’s no fan of the brutal penal colony there, but hopes to leave with plenty to write about. Today he’s scheduled to watch a man die, but nothing has prepared him for an hour in the company of The Officer – a powerful woman who is the keeper and guardian of the hellish Apparatus. And amongst all the horror and insanity just how could a sexual attraction lead to romance between The Condemned Man and The Soldier guarding him?
Blue Devil’s dystopian take on Kafka’s classic tale is a macabre and at times darkly funny evening at the theatre where audiences are invited to attend a most unusual execution but will experience so much more. The piece premiered at The Rialto during this year’s Brighton Fringe, where it was shortlisted for the festival’s Best New Play Award.
Franz Kafka – Apparatus stars Emily Carding (Richard III: A One Woman Show, Ghost Stories) as The Officer, Luis Amália as The Condemned Man, Maximus Polling as The Soldier and Matt Hastings as The Traveller. It’s produced by Alex Grace and Richard Bright for Blue Devil.
Franz Kafka – Apparatus runs from 8 to 26 January 2019 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm, and 4pm on Sundays 13 and 20 January. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Blue Devil Productions
Blue Devil Productions was founded in 2016. Their first production, a revival of Joe Orton’s The Ruffian on the Stair, was staged at the 2017 Brighton Fringe, with universal critical praise, full houses and numerous award nominations. Beyond Franz Kafka – Apparatus, the company currently has two new plays in pre-production, The Geminus & Mission Creep
What the critics say
“A taut and engrossing new play… Thought-provoking and highly relevant… Carding is mesmerising in the starring role” – Fringe Guru ★★★★★
“An intelligent take on Kafka, featuring a striking central performance from Emily Carding… A genuinely stomach-churning piece of political theatre – and it will put you off rice pudding for life” – The Stage ★★★★
“This is Kafka at his darkest and each shadow has been brilliantly brought to the stage by Ross Dinwiddy. A Fringe gem, one that is not to be missed” – Brighton Moon ★★★★