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Thu 13 Nov 2008–Sat 29 Nov 2008, 8:00pm

Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $28.00
  • Other: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Paranoia, administration, totalitarianism – ideals that could be viewed as prophetic? Franz Kafka’s classic novel The Trial not only looks to engage and alert audiences but to immerse themselves in the world Josef K finds himself in, as Dean Parker’s revision brings promenade theatre underground at the Aotea Centre.

Bank clerk Josef K awakes on the morning of his thirtieth birthday to find he is being arrested, though he doesn’t know what crime he’s committed. K must content with a mysterious justice system manned by corrupt magistrates and where sexual scandal is rife. Even K’s friends doubt his innocence – or worse, tell him he’s a lost cause. He can trust no one.

Parker’s new adaptation of this classic tale of modern bureaucracy takes the Omni-presence of camera surveillance in our own culture as the starting point for a 21st century look at our own sense of control in a post-911 paranoid world. The specific crime of Joseph K is overshadowed by the certainty of the system which assumes to hold information from him. Like the Tuhoe arrests in 2007, the nature of our freedom is relative to our perceived threat to those that hold the power. Arrest without immediate charge is today accepted for anti-terrorist control.

Rather than the regular theatre going affair, the performance harks on the promenade theories of experimental theatre – in this instance, the show takes place in the lower divisions of the Aotea Centre. Through its almost secretive catacombs of conference rooms and exits unfamiliar to even the most ardent patron, The Trial combines music, differentiating theatrical spaces, stimulating the audience to move around the nerve centre of Auckland’s bureaucratic HQ.

Adapted by award-winning writer Dean Parker (Came a Hot Friday) and directed by Stephen Bain (Stories Told to Me by Girls, The Arsehole, Die Henkel Spur), the twosome have attracted an eclectic group of exciting performers; Gareth Reeves (A Song Of Good, Dead Letters and The Insiders Guide To Love, which garnered him the “Best Actor” award the NZ Screen Awards); Jo Smith (Stories Told to Me by Girls); Liesha Ward Knox (Design For Living, My Name is Gary Cooper).

Complimenting the eclectic cast is the equally diverse Wellington ‘architectural sound energy healers’ Fertility Festival ( led by free-improvisation maestro and founder of the city’s HAPPY Bar Jeff Henderson and featuring Isaac Smith (The Dentist Chair, Die Henkel Spur), Warwick Donald (Die Henkel Spur) and Gerard Crewdson (Die Henkel Spur), who painted the publicity image and whose art has been shown extensively in Sydney and Wellington.

Together with video artist Kim Newal (Urban Life exhibit Living Room), set designer Andrew Foster (Clockwork Orange, Vertigo), who recently has returned from London, and Director Stephen Bain (Winning Productions), Kafka’s The Trial will create a multi-screen event that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through the bowels of THE EDGE®

Winning Productions and STAMP at THE EDGE® present THE TRIAL.

Directed by Stephen Bain.

Featuring Gareth Reeves, Jo Smith, Liesha Ward-Knox, Jeff Henderson, Isaac Smith, Gerard Crewdson, Warwick Donald.

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