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Kafka's Dick
Alan Bennett
production genre: Comedy
region: East of England | society: Sudbury Dramatic Society (directory) | performance venue: The Quay Theatre. Sudbury, Suffok
production dates: 20 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

who can audition?:
Open auditions
audition contact:
Peter Drew
20 Oct 2017 - 7.30pm
01787374745 |
The Quay Theatre. Sudbury, Suffok

It’s 1919 and Franz Kafka, the famous Czech novelist whose only wish is for post-mortal anonymity, instructs his best friend Max Brod to burn all his writings after his death. He doesn’t of course. Instead he goes on to publish all Kafka’s work and write the definitive biography … thereby instigating a whole lit-crit industry around Kafka.

We are then transported to the modern-day suburban household of Sydney, a Kafka-besotted insurance agent, and his wife Linda. Sydneyis working on his Kafka article for Small Print, the journal of insurance studies, while his neglected and frustrated wife Linda stares morosely out of the window and his elderly and confused father tries to convince the family and social services he shouldn’t be put into a home. Into their midst and from the past descends the dead but lively Brod, closely followed by a cadaverous Kafka and Kafka’s larger-than-life father, Hermann.

What is the dark secret that Kafka is terrified his father will reveal?

Will Kafka discover that Brod didn’t destroy all his work after all?

What is the nature of artistic fame and celebrity?

Peter is looking for a group of actors who can work well toether and support the development of each other’s character

Male tbc
Large Role

Intelligent, sensitive and articulate but with a certain vulnerability.

Male tbc
Large Role

Kafka’s best friend. An energetic, convincing and manipulative go-getter.

Female tbc
Medium Role

Dutiful and supportive but frustrated suburban housewife. How will she react to the new arrivals?

Sydney's father
Male older

Confused and desperately anxious to avoid being put away in a home by asserting an evidently shaky grasp of reality

Male tbc
Large Role

A nerdy and obsessive but thoughtful and reflective suburban Kafka aficionado who is delighted to find his hero right there in his own living room. Patronised and manipulated by Max but retains his dignity. Towards the end of the play he expatiates on the nature of fame and celebrity

Herman Kafka
Male older
Medium Role

A larger-than-life character representing sturdy common sense and a rugged, no-nonsense anti-intellectualism.