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Kafka's Dick by Alan Bennett


Tue 22 Mar 2016, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Wed 23 Mar 2016, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 24 Mar 2016, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 25 Mar 2016, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 26 Mar 2016, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Waged: $25.00
  • Unwaged, Senior, Member: $20.00
  • School Student: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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A surreal, black comedy by the master of English comedy, Alan Bennett, it was first performed in London in 1986. The play centres on the famous writer Franz Kafka and explores diverse themes such as father-son conflict, the myth of celebrity, aging and suburban neuroses.

It is circa 1920 and Kafka is dying, or thinks he is. Convinced that his writing is unworthy, he persuades his friend Max Brod to promise to burn all of Kafka’s works after his death. However, Brod reneges on his promise and profits from Kafka’s posthumous name. Fast forward to modern day and Sydney, an insurance assessor, is writing a biography of his hero, Kafka.

For reasons unknown, Kafka, his father Hermann and Brod have come back to life to gatecrash Sydney’s peaceful suburban existence. Kafka’s father is unhappy about always being portrayed in the numerous biographies of Kafka as a bully to his son and he tries to convince Sydney that they had a close relationship. To force Kafka to play along with this charade, Hermann blackmails his son, threatening to reveal embarrassing details regarding the size of Kafka’s most intimate body part. Will Kafka ‘measure up’ to his overbearing father? Ultimately, Kafka is put on trial to defend his very name.

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