after the story by Franz Kafka
adapted and directed by Matthew Lenton
set and costume design by Kenneth MacLeod
lighting design by Simon Wilkinson
associate director Joanna Bowman

production Vanishing Point, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
co-production Tron Theatre

length 1h 30′
in English with Italian surtitles

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The award-winning British director Matthew Lenton, artistic director and founder of the Glasgow-based Vanishing Point company, after directing 1984, returns to collaborate with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione. This time he faces Franz Kafka’s most famous and ironic story in an international co-production.

The Metamorphosis is the story of an ordinary man who wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Soon he begins to realise he’s got bigger problems than being late for work. His family, shocked by his bizarre condition, barricade him into his room, unwilling to accept that somewhere inside this behemoth of a bug is their son.

Franz Kafka’s hugely influential, tragicomic, iconic novella is brought vividly to life in this international co-production between Vanishing Point, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione in Italy and Tron Theatre, adapted and directed by Vanishing Point’s Matthew Lenton and designed by Kenneth MacLeod (The Dark Carnival).


Matthew Lenton, biography

Matthew Lenton

Matthew is the founder and Artistic Director of Vanishing Point. His work with Vanishing Point has been performed in over 20 countries across Europe, South America, Russia and China.
Other recent work includes The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre of Kosovo), Striptease/Out at Sea (Citizens Theatre Glasgow), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Mister Holgado (Unicorn Theatre, London) and Home (National Theatre of Scotland). Most recent theatre includes Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh) and 1984, for Emilia Romagna Teatro in Modena, Italy.
In 2010, Matthew became the first British director of the Ecole des Maitres, a European director-led theatre laboratory for young actors from across Europe. The same year he directed Boy, a short film for Channel 4. He works regularly at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he sees his work with students as a crucial part of his own continued experience and as an opportunity to explore new material.