The Trial

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26th March 2012 - 7pm

Venue: Loughborough Town Hall


  •  £13/£10 concession  
  • Schools/University student £7 
  • Group Offer buy 10 get 1 free.  
  • Special Offer 1 adult + 1 youth concession £20

Adapted by Steven Berkoff from the novel by Franz Kafka

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. 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 their inimitable way.

Reviews for the production are now in:

"choreographed with the precision of a metronome, Blackeyed Theatre’s production of Steven Berkoff’s play engages and fascinates. Ella Vale directs a close-knit ensemble with intelligence and clarity...In a masterclass of ensemble work, five actors create a multitude of credible sound effects, while beautifully executed mime signposts events as a bizarre and surreal story careers onwards. Working tightly together, actors rise to the challenge of this hugely physical piece with admirable energy, finding situations of high comedy juxtaposed against bleaker and blacker moments”   The Stage 
“A physically brilliant piece of theatre…intense and captivating, with the four chorus actors switching effortlessly between a range of different characters”  North Devon Gazette

Kafka’s nightmare vision, Berkoff’s crackling script and Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemble-style physical theatre combine to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of drama.

“One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” The Stage

Education Pack for The Trial  The Trial Education Pack (PDF Document, 1.5 Mb)

Suitable 14+  

Presented by Blackeyed Theatre, in association with North Devon Theatres and South Hill Park

Director Ella Vale
Designer Victoria Spearing
Lighting Designer Charlotte McClelland

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