Kafka comedy comes with kiss

Kafka's Dick production.
Kafka's Dick production.
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A HILARIOUS take on fame and cult of celebrity will wow audiences at Theatre Royal Wakefield next month.

The award-winning Wakefield Little Theatre company will bring Alan Bennett’s Kafka’s Dick to life on stage on Wednesday April 4 and Thursday April 5.

In a middle class suburban sitting room in 1980 sits Sidney, an insurance agent who is besotted with the writer Franz Kafka.

He is working on his Kafka artticle for the Small Print, the Journal of Insurance Studies, while his frustrated wife Linda stares morosely out of the French windows and his elderly father scans the bookshelves in an efford to convince family and social workers that he isn’t gaga.

Suddently into their midst descends Kafka’s best friend, Max Brod, dead since 1968, carrying a tortoise, which on being kissed by Linda, turns into Kafka himself, who has been dead since 1924.

When Kafka’s mother and father arrive, both deceased, an encounter of pythonesque proportions ensures.

The show, directed by Ian Hey, stars group members Nick Gillott as Kafka, Steve Fox as Max Brod, Paul Haley as Sidney and Roz Afferson as Linda.

Tickets, which cost £12, £11, £10 with concessions, are available from the theatre box office by visiting www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk or by calling 01924 211311.

Wakefield Little Theatre performs around five shows a year at theatres in Wakefield and Barnsley and has been running for more than 60 years.

It has a constantly renewed membership of around 60 performers and production staff and is always looking out for new members.

Visit www.wakefieldlittletheatre.com for more information about the group.