Press Release: Celebrating Kafka’s legacy: Innovative adaptation of The Metamorphosis comes to The Kirkgate

Kafka Metamorphosis Press Release2024 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 Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth.

Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm, tickets £12 – £14 from the box office on 01900 826448 or online at www.

‘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 Kirkgate 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 Kirkgate centre in March. 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.


Notes to Editors:

Mild Peril Theatre is a new company based in Winchester, focussed on bringing classic drama, thrillers and comedy to audiences in the UK. More details here:

Company Contact: Simon Spearing, Director, 07939 035102,