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KAFKAESQUE

A Play by Rob Johnston

Three dark and comic tales exploring what it means to be human.

Inspired by the writing of Franz Kafka, author of ‘The Trial’ and ‘Metamorphosis’, Rob Johnston’s play brings together three absurd and curious tales poking at the human condition with a satirical finger.

 

Returning to the Fringe Adam Urey and Catherine Pugh bring to life six obscure characters in this re-imagining of some of Kafka’s masterpieces.

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Award for
BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION
Nominee 
Buxton Festival Fringe 2022 

"The three short pieces give us a view of the elusive spirit of being human, of relating to other people, with lively and appealing performances from both actors."

Buxton Festival Fringe Theatre Review 2022

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Meet The Company

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Rob Johnston
Playwrite / Director

Rob is a prolific playwrite, his works including ‘Einstein’s Daughter’, winner of the 2011 Kings Cross Award for New Writing; ‘Dark Satanic’, winner of Best Drama at the 2017 Greater Manchester Fringe; ‘The Riot Act’ which toured extensively in 2019; and his latest play ‘Sweet Home’ which premiered in May 2022.

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Adam Urey
Performer

Adam graduated the Acting BA(Hons) course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011. 

He has previously appeared at Edinburgh Fringe with CRY FOR THE MOON in 2018 and most recently performed in the premiere of SWEET HOMEin May. 

In 2010 he was awarded a Laurence Olivier Bursary Award from the Society of London Theatre. Credits also include: ONE HAND CLAPPINGin New York, TALE TRAIL TO A CHRISTMAS CAROLat New Vic Theatre, PARADE OF THE PILGRIMSat Glastonbury, ROMANS IN BRITAIN (RADIO PLAY)at BBC MediaCity UK, LUNCHat The Lowry, DICK WHITTINGTONat Contact, INDIGESTIONat Riverside Studios, VOLPONE(SWF)at Shakespeare’s Globe, amongst others. 

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Catherine Pugh
Performer

Catherine graduated from Hull University in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Drama.
Previous stage credits include: Debbie in Secret Diaries (Art with Heart Theatre Company), Katarina Immensikov in Professor Harry Stottle’s Music Hall Extravaganza (Stage3 Theatre Company), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Weird Sister in Macbeth (Sprite Productions), Elizabeth Woodville in Loyalty Binds Me, Elizabetta in Dracula, Mrs Fezzywig/Mrs Cratchet/Poor Woman in A Christmas Carol (Tread the Boards Theatre Company), Various Characters in Shakespeare Aloud & The Garden of Genius’ Russian Tour (Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Verano Theatre), Barbara Sweeney in Karp F’Tonk (Z Theatre Company), Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (M&M Productions), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (James Brandon Theatre Company), Horrible Hatty in The Woodcutter and the Wolf (Chaplin's Entertainment).

Film / TV credits include Emmerdale (ITV), Sweet Sue, 'The more we learn, the closer we get' Google Search On, This Sceptred Isle - Sky

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“The best things in life can be understood in a single moment”
- Kafkaesque