Cockroaches are people too! And they are kind of cute, don’t you think. Until there is one crawling around your kitchen floor. Then it’s not so cute after all. Not in real life.

Anna and Johnson are discussing The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The topic for Anna’s theoretical essay is whether Kafka would kill a cockroach.

But a theoretical cockroach is one thing. A real one is quite another. But what if the cockroach is really a person?

“One read of Kafka and you’re both crawling up the walls of your own insanity.” Another fun radio play from my favourite podcast.

Would Kafka Kill a Cockroach? was written by Tilly Lunken
And directed by Emmeline Braefield

Gareth Turkington as Johnson
Honey McKenna as Anna
Robert Penny as Nick

Produced by Cat on a Piano Productions

Minor Blues for Booker by E’s Jammy Jams
Creeping Spiders by Nat Keefe and Beatmower

The Theatrephonic Theme tune was composed by Jackson Pentland
Performed by
Jackson Pentland
Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Emmeline Braefield

Cat on a Piano Productions produce and edit feature films, sketches and radio plays.

Their latest project is called @Theatrephonic, a podcast of standalone radio plays and short stories performed by professional actors. You can catch Theatrephonic on Spotify and other platforms.

For more information about the Theatrephonic Podcast, go to, Tweet or Instagram us @theatrephonic, or visit our Facebook page.

And if you really enjoyed Would Kafka Kill a Cockroach? listen to Theatrephonic’s other plays and short stories and consider becoming a patron by clicking here…

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