C soco
5-30 August, 17.00

The tale of Gregor Samsa, the travelling salesman transformed into a hideous insect, will be familiar to many, but Metamorphosis is no less enthralling for this fact. James Wilkes’s (who is also credited with the adaptation) highly physical portrayal of the insect Gregor is remarkable to watch, as he clambers around the brilliantly conceived scaffolding set at The House Above, Belt Up Theatre’s “custom-built environment” at C Soco.

The chorus, a gang of badly behaved child clowns, push the show along, narrating Gregor’s strange and poignant story, filling in as additional characters and performing scenes in flashback. While their interaction with the audience is charming, it doesn’t always feel strictly necessary, and the same goes for some of the extended choreographed routines. The script is also flawed, with repetition of Gregor and his family’s frustration at his predicament too often standing in for proper character development.

That said, the good far outweighs the bad in this dark, funny and inventive piece.