Tristan Bates Theatre


Collide Theatre present 


adapted from Franz Kafka's novella


23rd - 27th April 

9:15pm (3pm Saturday matinee) 





A new dance-theatre piece about the need to be accepted for who you are.

In the course of one night a beloved son turns into a hated freak. But is he really different? Is there really a reason for his family to be as appalled?

This is Gregor Samsa’s story. It is also the story of anyone who has been made to feel as vermin.

In April 2019 Collide will premiere a new dance-theatre piece inspired by Franz Kafka’s novella “The Metamorphosis”. Collide’s new show is a piece about being young and being made to feel alien by the people most close to you.

This is not a piece about a man turning into an insect. It is a piece about a family not accepting their child for who they are. Metamorphosis is an ode against ostracism, an ode to a human’s body uniqueness.

In Kafka’s parable - written in 1912 during turbulent times in Europe - a young man, Gregor, has emerged into a world which is horrified by his physical change and ends up imprisoned and abused by his family after his metamorphosis. Through this story, Kafka shines a light on society’s difficulty in accepting and tolerating difference. In this new version created by director Emily Louizou, Metamorphosis, will address one of the biggest human fears: feeling like an outsider - or rather, being made to feel different. A chorus of five unique individuals will collectively, through storytelling, dance and music, bring to life the story of Gregor Samsa in a celebration of his uniqueness and the uniqueness of all those before and after him who had to fight against their family’s alienation.

Collide Theatre is a London-based theatre company made up of emerging artists who are passionate about creating non-traditional and visually exciting theatre. Formed by director Emily Louizou in May 2015, Collide’s mission is to make performances which merge storytelling with dance and live music while pushing the boundaries of realism. Their last production, TROY, a contemporary opera about cycles of war was a sell-out at VOILA Europe in November 2018.

Please note that there will be a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team after the matinee on 27th April. This will be free to matinee ticket holders.

Funded by Arts Council England. 



Developing Story and Character through Movement.
Led by director Emily Louizou

Friday 26th April12pm - 2pm. £10


Collide Theatre is passionate about developing work through the use of live music, dance and physical storytelling.

This workshop will incorporate physical exercises, movement-based improvisations and games, urging participants to explore physical ways of approaching a classic text through dance. 

In our production of Metamorphosis we are using the medium of dance as a device with which to celebrate and admire the power and dynamism that all human bodies are capable of. The purpose of the workshop is to give an insight to the way we worked in rehearsals, fusing contemporary dance with text and storytelling. 

This is a workshop addressed to performers and non-performers who are interested in exploring ways of developing physical work. 

More info here

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Katy Ellis

Jodie Sully

Katharine Hardman

Manuela Albrecht

George Turner



Director/Dramaturg Emily Louizou 

Choreographer Ioli Filippakopoulou 

Composer David Denyer 

Designer Ioana Curelea 

Producer Christina Fotinelli 

Assistant Dramaturg Emma Barnard



For Collide's previous productions:

“This is a great play outstandingly directed and performed. Highly recommended.” PlaysToSee for TROY

“An excellent, pitch-perfect production. It it both brutal and beautiful, and never maudlin". PerformanceReviewed for Tejas Verdes

“There is no benchmark I can offer, no relevant experience to relate it to, but in terms of pure stagecraft it is an excellent envisioning of a very difficult play, and an experience worth undertaking, even if only because it is different from anything else out there.” A Younger Theatre for 4.48 Psychosis



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Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee entry to the performance once it has begun. The Actors Centre reserves the right to refuse entry.


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