The Castle at Greenside@Infirmary Street is an innovative reworking by London-based Old Dog Theatre of Kafka’s last, unfinished novel. Old Dog Theatre is a young, emerging theatre company, whose aim is to re-engage audiences with lesser-known works of literature through new forms of theatre and, while this is their first ever production as a collaborative group, it is a very accomplished and professional piece of work.
Using a combination of drama, puppetry, and physical theatre, the six actors immediately draw the audience into the story which, typically for Kafka, is a somewhat surreal one of man’s struggles against bureaucracy where “The Castle” rules everything and everyone. In a strange land, far from home, K questions this authority and tries to meet with the elusive official Klamm, in an attempt to find his place in this society. But will he succeed and will it be worth the struggle?
Like all of Kafka’s work, this isn’t an easy piece to bring to life on the stage, but Old Dog Theatre’s performance had me engrossed from beginning to end, and I look forward to seeing how the company progresses in future years.
Greenside @ Infirmary Street
Aug 2-3, 5-10, 12-17
Country: United Kingdom - England
Group: Old Dog Theatre
Review by Lisa Sibbald