Rattledanddisappeared is not an adaptation of Kafka’s ‘Trial‘. The plot may follow the original novel in a sense, but we have modified all the scenes in order to bring the whole story closer, as well as with the intention of creating something new. Jozef K. is arrested. At first he assumes it is a crude joke by his colleagues for his birthday, but later he sees that nothing is what he thought it was. From that moment on, his story completely lacks dramaturgical turning points. The tribunal of existence, the women who want to help him, and his own obsessions drive him further and further into a battle he cannot win, because he does not even know who he is fighting and why he has to fight them. During the trial Jozef K. tries hard to get deeper and deeper, but all he achieves is his
own execution, at which he arrives entirely bereft of reason – singing and dancing.
The atmosphere of this extraordinary space evokes Orson Welles’ film. In giving the main role to Tamáse Keresztes, Viktor Bodó may have been remembering Anthony Perkins in Welles’ film. An innocent and harmless man is sentenced by mysterious and unnamed authorities... It is all performed with the lightness of a Broadway musical, and with some of the songs from the Kander-Ebb musicals. Uniform happiness. The image of a drunken,
unconscious world, permanently threatened by violence. The carnival spirits contrast with tragedy, which leads to a parodying of the tragedy. In this mad world, traditional genres and traditional values are no longer valid. All the
acting is sensitive, and the actors give it their all.
(by Péter Molnár Gál, Hungarian theatre portal)
About the József Katona Theatre Company:
József Katona Theatre is Hungary’s best-known theatre company – a public theatre supported largely by the city of Budapest. It emerged as an independent company in 1982, when it split away from Budapest’s National Theatre, to be managed by Gábor Székely with Gábor Zsámbéki as artistic manager. Since 1989 it has been managed by Gábor Zsámbéki with Gábor Máté as chief director and Tamás Ascher and Péter Gothár as further directors. The József Katona Theatre has extensive international contacts and is a founder member of the Union of European Theatres. The company regularly undertakes international tours, and has performed in over 60 cities, including Paris, Chicago, London, Bogota, Milan and Adelaide. Its productions and artists have won a number of significant national and international prizes. ‘Rattledanddisappeared’ gained the award for best direction and best production at Hungary’s national theatre festival, and won the same awards at the MESS festival in Sarajevo.