MANIPULATE: After Metamorphosis

Sat 29 Jan 2022


Running time (approx.): 1 hour

Age: 16+

The Studio

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

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Manipulate Festival 2022

Seating for this performance will be socially distanced 1m apart.

After Metamorphosis

Lewis Sherlock and Ali Maloney

Is Gregor Samsa a bug wishing he was a man or a man wishing he was a bug? 

After Metamorphosis is a high-octane, visceral reworking of Kafka's classic tale that weaponizes the surrealism of the original text into a wild rumpus; a satire of conformity.  

In a world of political and ecological turmoil, where unfathomably large corporations control everything and our food supply chain is in jeopardy, are we just workers for the hive? Are we all Gregor Samsa?  

Through intense physicality, visual theatre, micro-cinema, puppetry, vocals, and rumbling, seismic soundscapes, After Metamorphosis conjures a world of insects and humans coexisting. Are we really that different? 

As intense and brooding as it is playful and mischievous, AFTER METAMORPHOSIS peers through the eyes of insects to both lampoon and celebrate humanity, scuttling — mandibles a whir — around themes of imposter syndrome, identity, capitalism, the hive mind, and our relationship with the environment and ecosystem. 

Devised and performed by physical theatre artist Lewis Sherlock (Oceanallover, LARDS) and performance writer Ali Maloney (Caledonian Gothic, Ratcatcher, Hydronomicon). The combination of their respective practices — experiments with clowning, bouffon, butoh, and choral; dark, abstract rap burlesques and the physicality of voice — lends After Metamorphosis its potent palette.


Devised & performed by Ali Maloney & Lewis Sherlock 
Sound & music design: Owen Green (except: Uranium Blues by Crooked One)
Technical Direction: Brian Hutchinson 
Set design: Alima Askew 
Producer: Nick Wong 
Directorial Consultant: Melanie Jordan
Movement Consultant: Al Seed
BSL interpretation: Amy Cheskin

Funded by Creative Scotland 

  • This Production contains the use of Strobe Lighting
  • Level access is available to the venue.
  • Hearing loop installed.  

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