Old Dog Theatre (ODT) is an emerging theatre company and The Castle is our first production as a collaborative group. ODT was created to change the way people think about literature adaptations. By selecting neglected texts and reinventing the narrative through movement and puppetry our aim is to reengage audiences with meaningful stories through new forms. While our company is new our team the production team have a wide variety of credits including The Vaults, Tristan Bates, Etcetera, The Tower of London, and The Bunker.
Far from home in a foreign Land, K struggles single-mindedly to unlock the secrets of the Castle. He wages a war of wits against the elusive official Klamm, certain that it is only by standing face to face with the divine authority of the Castle that he will ever find his place within this strange society. But will his pursuit alienate him completely from his fellow man?
Old Dog Theatre’s adaptation of Kafka’s final and unfinished novel will explore the lonely landscape of ‘The Castle’ through the use of puppetry and movement bringing the work of the great modernist writer brought to life on the stage. By staging K’s choice between his Faustian pursuit of the Castle authorities and his budding romance with his fiancée, we will be delving into one of Kafka’s most nuanced works and exploring what we must give up in order to make peace with the society around us.
The Castle will be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe this August as well as performances in London at The Chapel Playhouse in Kings Cross and at Camden's Etcetera Theatre. Our extensive workshop programme also works with schools and early career performers to offer introductions to puppetry, movement and directing.
Why Do We Need Your Help?
To cut to the chase, the Edinburgh Fringe is expensive. All puppets are being specially made for this production and the show features an original score. After securing some funding we are fortunate to be able to take up our show and share it with wider audiences but with a larger than average cast of 6 and a creative team of four providing accommodation alone during the festival will hit over three thousand pounds. We are running a crowdfunding campaign alongside other fundraising and are looking to target raising £2000. Any help or sharing of our project is greatly appreciated and helping to shake up how people think about literary adaptations.