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Kafka-ish: Kafka @Finborough

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In offering proof that Kafka is everything to everyone - writer-performer Jack Klaff plays various roles, including the man himself in what is a part tour, part immersion and part legend of Franz Kafka. He is a writer who achieved fame after his life was cut short due to succumbing to tuberculosis at the age of forty. He is probably better known for his reputation and the Kafkaesque style attributed to his writing than his life. But after this piece, you’re left curious to learn more about the man and his works. And that has to be the best theatrical tribute you could give a writer, even for a writer who stipulated that his works be destroyed upon his death. It’s currently playing at the Finborough Theatre . Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883. In 1901, he was admitted to a university and began studying law. While studying, he met Max Brod, who would become his best friend and eventual literary executor. Brod would posthumously publish many of his works and writings. Kafka’s life co

Fancy footwork: Floyd Collins @WiltonMusicHall


A cave man searching for fame and fortune - and finds it after he gets trapped in one - is the basis of the musical Floyd Collins, currently playing at Wilton's Music Hall.

Based on the true story of Kentucky cave explorer Collins. After getting his foot trapped he becomes a media sensation when a cub reporter (who is thin and small enough to enter the cave) interviews him. His subsequent story becomes syndicated across America.




Written by Adam Guettel with a book by Tina Landau, it was hailed at the time as a new landmark in musical theatre with its bluegrass-infused score. Perhaps some of the music is an acquired taste, but the piece still seems as powerful and as moving.

It's helped with a slick production and delivered a cast of fine singers and performers, headed up by Ashley Robinson as the caver Floyd.

Directed by Jonathan Butterell, it's a simple yet effective production. It makes the most of the cavernous space of Wilton's Music Hall and like a sand cave, it's a rare find. Floyd Collins runs until 15 October.


Photo credit: evocative production images by Hannah Barton

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