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All ages

Language: English
Director: Alby Michaels
Choreographer: Craig Morris
Company: UJ Arts & Culture

Director – Alby Michaels
Cast: William Harding, Craig Morris, Khutjo Green & Ameera Patel
Photo: Jan Potgieter

Having this many minds combined in the creation of an abstract thought such as this play is a rarity … [It] is a force that entrenches the power of true collaboration within the creative sectors as an agent of deep change and innovation.’ – Alby Michaels, UJ Resident Dramaturge

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny sentence, Franz Kafka begins his masterpiece, Metamorphosis.

It is a story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home and a quintessentially alienated man.

A harrowing – though absurdly comic – meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, Metamorphosis is one of the most widely read and influential works of 20th-century fiction.

Conceptualised by around 300 students in the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Metamorphosis lends itself to particularly ‘other-worldly’ interpretations, posing a unique set of challenge to the students who worked across their disciplines to design the set, costumes, masks, animation and marketing, bringing it all to extraordinary life.



  1. dean.i.wallace 27 June 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Our first show for the 2019 NAF and we hit the jackpot. Brilliant performances and a well deserved standing ovation from the audience.

  2. sterry 29 June 2019 at 7:34 am

    An excellent production which has outstanding performances and use of set. Definitely a must see.

  3. ick625 3 July 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Impressive physicality and sharp choreography was a joy to watch in this tragic piece. Great stamina by all, even if the production was a little too long. Still, I really enjoyed it!

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