Palestinian director and writer Amir Nizar Zuabi adapts Kafka

22nd July 2011



The director and writer, whose Haifa-based Palestinian ShiberHur theatre company is currently performing an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony at the Young Vic, talks to Amardeep Sohi about the play, the question of freedom and why he does not accept subsidy from the Israeli state. Recorded at the Young Vic, 19 July 2011.

When I reread Kafka’s short story, it felt as if something had smacked me across the face – the hopelessness that leaps out of his world, and the heavy sado-religious atmosphere.