The area of scholarly interest for this dissertation is Kafka on Stage, with a particular focus on the creation of a Kafkaesque world through Kafka’s short story The Trial.
The literary review of Kafka indicates the academic focus has been primarily the creation of a Kafkaesque world through literature not theatrical performance. There has been limited academic research in regards to Kafka and how his work can be transformed onto the stage. The scarce writing that has been undertaken examines how Kafka’s Metamorphorsis has been portrayed. This writing has not been from an academic standpoint, merely as post performance reflection.
The Trial provides a strong platform to explore how can Kafka’s concepts and themes can be translated by a director on to the stage. The word Kafkaesque encapsulates an unsettled and disorientating world which is also menacing and This study would provide a valuable insight into the techniques utlised by directors to produce this effect. The research question is: What techniques can directors use to create a Kafkaesque world on stage.
The research and data for this study will occur through a variety of sources. Analysis of productions The Trial by Steven Berkoff, Malthouse Theatre and the Young Vic coupled with director’s notes and director’s commentaries will assist in the compilation of research. Academic writing on Steven Berkoff will also assist the assemblage of data. My project which focuses on how to explore the creation of a Kafkaesque world on stage with young adults, will provide substantial data collection. Through an analysis of the research the dissertation will provide a significant insight to how directors explore Kafka on Stage.