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Sunday, June 26, 2011


This year’s entry to the National Arts Festival of Student Drama in Grahamstown is Metamorphosis, an adaptation of Franz Kafka's remarkable short story. It is set in a rural isiZulu homestead and traces a family's evolution after the eldest son and breadwinner is transformed into a gigantic insect. The play juxtaposes surrealism and earthy humour, and explores timeless themes of stigmatisation, self-sacrifice, exploitation and economic hardship, finding resonance with contemporary South Africa.

The show is directed by Adam Steyn, who workshopped the piece with senior students from the Drama and Performance Studies programme.

Metamorphosis runs in the Hexagon Studio Theatre on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus on July 1 and 2 at 18h30. Tickets R30 at the door only. Enquiries 033 260 5537 or e-mail