The Trial

Josef K. wakes up one morning, hungry and disconcerted, only to find he has been arrested. He is not told why, nor by whom. He does not get to eat his breakfast. And so begins The Trial.

People Zoo Productions brings you this grotesque and darkly comic tale that tracks one man’s struggle against a malicious and faceless power. Fighting against ritual humiliation, impenetrable secrecy and unfathomable procedure, can Josef K. prove his innocence?

This is an award-winning adaptation of Franz Kafka’s classic novel, Der Prozess, written and developed by Matt Holt and Evelyn Roberts.

This performance is supported by the New Diorama Theatre Emerging Companies Fund. 


Founded at ALRA North in 2014, People Zoo have been consistently producing work since 2016. They have dabbled in new writing, established work, adaptations, sketch comedy and children’s theatre. Binding this varied output is a thread of absurd humour.

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Best Adaptation/Revival - Greater Manchester Fringe 2016

Best Fringe Production - Manchester Theatre Awards 2016

“No one should miss this play” David Cunningham (MTA Judge)

★★★★ “It’s always daunting to take on such a famous work but People Zoo rise to the challenge” Bouquets & Brickbats

★★★★ “a thrillingly absurd adaptation...bizarrely entertaining, with well-written and clever dialogue” Upstaged Manchester

“With work of this power People Zoo Productions are a company to watch out for” The Manchester Review