The Trial

Category: Past Shows




By Steven Berkoff

Adapted from the story by Franz Kafka

Cast – Derek Elwood, Nadia Morgan, Robert Snell, Paul Taylor, Simon Wegrzyn

Joseph K, an estranged and rootless citizen, is the victim of anonymous governing forces beyond his control. Deceived by authoritarian power, he is relentlessly hunted down for a crime that remains nameless. Finding himself arrested and awaiting trial, K sinks deeper and deeper as he tries to escape through twists and turns that are at once shocking, thrilling and funny.

More than forty years after its first performance, Steven Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of Franz Kafka’s masterpiece has become a classic work of twentieth century theatre and a widely studied syllabus piece. Kafka’s universal parable about the human condition is retold in Berkoff’s startlingly original, fresh and endlessly surprising play, which Blackeyed Theatre brings back to the stage in Spring 2012.

Kafka’s nightmare vision and Berkoff’s crackling script meet Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemble-style physical theatre and live music to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of theatre, ideal for lovers of pure theatre and those studying the ‘Berkovian’ theatre style.

Director  Ella Vale
Set Designer  Victoria Spearing
Lighting Designer  Charlotte McClelland
Costume Designer  Hannah Gibbs