The Trial

The Trial
Adapted by Ben Hales for Splendid Productions, UK.
Presented by Piece of Work Productions

Innocent people have nothing to fear – be good. We’re watching you.

In this adaptation of Kafka’s novel, Josef K is an ordinary man doing ordinary work in an ordinary bank. He wakes up one ordinary morning to discover he is under arrest, but nobody seems prepared to tell him what he is accused of.

The Trial plunges the audience into a world of petty bureaucracy, inexplicable rules and legal dead-ends, following Josef K as he fights to defend himself against a law he thought was there to protect him.

But how arbitrary is it? And how compliant can a population be made to be?

From the company that brough you Metamorphosis and Woyzeck at the 2023 Fringe, receiving five nominations, and three Awards for Best Ensemble, Best Local and Development, as well as the Spirit of the Fringe – whew – how impressive is that?

Like last year’s plays, The Trial was originally created by the UK’s Splendid Productions. Splendid takes old stories and spin them into new thought prodding, theatrical, political, anti 4th-wall, heart-exposing versions.  The aim is to raise questions, highlight contradictions in the characters, the story, society and aim to provoke debate.

Check out Piece of Work Productions other performance at Fringe – Euripides’ Medea (Refinery ArtSpace on Fri 15, Sun 17 & Tues 19 March at 7:35pm).

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Thurs 14 March at 7:35pm
Sat 16 March at 7:35pm
Mon 18 March at 7:35pm
Venue: Refinery ArtSpace
Rating: PG

$16 +booking fee

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