The original text
Franz Kafka (1883-1924)  wrote the novella Die Verwandlung (English: "the metamorphosis" or "the transformation") , first published in 1915. It is the story of a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large monstrous insect-like creature. The story continues about Gregor trying to adjust to his new condition.
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Performance history in South Africa
1980: A Troupe Theatre Company Production was staged at The People's Space, directed by Richard Grant and Michael O'Brien, with Henry Goodman (Gregor Samsa), Hilary Jones (Greta Samsa), Fiona Ramsay (Mrs Samsa), Ian Roberts (Mr Samsa), Charles Whaley (Chief Clerk), Michael O'Brien (Lodger) and Chas Unwin (Lodger). The same production was staged at the Market Theatre.
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.
National Arts Festival programme, 1997.
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