Collide Theatre Company presents


Adapted by Emily Louizou from Franz Kafka’s classic tale

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

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

Director Emily Louizou (former Assistant Director in Residence, HOME) adapts Kafka’s classic novella into a dance-theatre piece about being young and being made to feel alien by the people closest to you. This is not a piece about a man turning into an insect, but a piece about a family ostracising their own child.

“A dynamic and expressionistic piece of dance theatre, performed by a fresh and youthful ensemble.” – Reviewer Number 9

Collide Theatre have created Kafkaesque theatre through the ingenious use of perspective, a fantastic score and superb dance choreography… Metamorphosis is a provocative performance that is both thought-provoking and precisely executed.” – The Play’s The Thing

★★★★ “Part-drama and part-dance, Metamorphosis uses powerful visuals to create an unsettling and arresting experience. The great strength of Louizou’s direction is in how she encourages the audience to identify with Gregor… A fantastic show, presenting a fresh and original take on Kafka that will please both the knowledgeable and the curious.” – Plays To See

★★★★ “This staging of Metamorphosis is starkly original and works as a moving piece of storytelling. It’s certainly provocative, engaging theatre.” – The Panoptic

Want to know more about Collide Theatre?

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 funded by Arts Council England, and had a sell-out run at VOILA Europe Festival in November 2018. Metamorphosis, also funded by the Arts Council, is Collide’s fifth production.


  • Running time: 55 minutes (no interval)
  • Suitable for 12yrs+
  • This show contains sensitive topics including bullying and domestic abuse
  • All tickets £5