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Part of the KAFKA24 season

Arthur Pita’s: A Hunger Artist

A spectacle after Franz Kafka

Presented by the Cultural Programme in association with The Royal Ballet and the Oxford Kafka Research Centre. 

Book Tickets

Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 June


Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ


Standard £20
Pay more £22
Pay less  £18

Preview Performance – 3rd June, 6pm:
Standard £7
Pay more £9
Pay less  £5

Please note, audiences will be standing /moving around the performance.  There are a limited number of seats available.

To book a wheelchair space please call or visit the Box Office at the Old Fire Station


  • Wheelchair Access


Preview: Monday 3rd June, 6pm
Tuesday 4th June, 4pm and 7.30pm
Wednesday  5th June, 6pm


 Following their award-winning production of Metamorphosis (London, New York, Sky TV), director-choreographer Arthur Pita reunites with dance virtuoso Edward Watson and composer-musician extraordinaire Frank Moon, this time welcoming the renowned rebel chanteuse Meow Meow.

Together, they delve into Kafka’s final and seminal work with a new adaptation of ‘A Hunger Artist,’ seamlessly intertwining dance, song, and intrigue into an enthralling, immersive spectacle.

Confined within a locked, straw-lined cage, Watson immerses himself in the role of the ‘Hunger Artist,’ enduring fasts lasting up to forty days. The bewitching Meow Meow takes command of the stage as the audacious ‘Impresario,’ drawing crowds to witness this ‘art’, amidst unfolding complexities. Meanwhile, Frank Moon’s eclectic score surrounds the audience, pulling them deeper into the experience with every breath.

These visionary artists inject new life into Kafka’s haunting and obscure narrative, exploring sacrifice, obsession, and the relentless pursuit of artistry.

Supported by The Abderrahim Crickmay Charitable Settlement, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund), and the New College Ludwig Fund.

Plan your visit

Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ

We’re at 40 George Street in the centre of Oxford, postcode OX1 2AQ.

By bus

Oxford town centre is well-served by buses. We are less than 10 minutes’ walk from any bus stop in the town centre. Take a look at the Oxford Bus Company website to plan your journey.

By bike

Oxford has a lot of cyclists. You can plan your cycling route using this interactive map. For general information about cycling in Oxford and the surrounding area, visit the Oxford City Council pages on cycling, or of local cycling advocacy group Cyclox.

By train

Old Fire Station is a 15-minute walk from Oxford rail station.

By car

Oxford is not a particularly car-friendly city. There are plenty of car parks in Oxford, but the congestion is high and we recommend that you use the Park & Ride, or a different method of transport.

For Blue Badge holders, there are a number of Disabled Parking Places on New Inn Hall St, and the local NCP car park.

The building opens at 9am every weekday.

The Café is open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Sunday.

The Gallery is open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

Full information is available here:

Creative Team

Artist, Dancer and longest serving Principal at The Royal Ballet
Artist, Dancer and longest serving Principal at The Royal Ballet

Edward is known as one of the world’s most distinctive male dancers of his generation and has had more roles created on him than any other dancer in The Royal Ballet.

He has had an astonishing career, winning Best Male Dancer at the Critics
Circle National Dance Awards in 2001, 2008 and 2022, an Olivier Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2012 for his performance as Gregor
Samsa in Arthur Pita’s Metamorphosis, and the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2015
for his performance in Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale.

In 2015, Edward was awarded an MBE for his services to dance.

In 2023 Edward released his pictorial book, titled: Ed Watson: A Different Dance, which celebrates his career on and off stage throughout his career, captured by the lens of many celebrated photographers.


Award Winning Choreographer and Director
Award Winning Choreographer and Director

Arthur Pita is an award winning choreographer/director. He is portuguese and was born in South Africa. He studied at the
Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama and Music school. He came to London in 1991 where he trained further at London Contemporary Dance School, gaining a masters degree.

He worked as a freelance professional dancer, then joined Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures performing in ensemble and lead roles internationally. In 2003 Arthur pursued his career as a choreographer.

Arthur has choreographed for prominent ballet companies and ballet stars across the globe. These include THE METAMORPHOSIS starring Edward Watson (South Bank Award for dance, National Dance Award for best modern
choreography and Olivier nomination) for The Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House and The Joyce Theatre New York, SALOME, BJORK BALLET (Unbound Festival, Sadlers Wells SFB season) for San Francisco Ballet, CASSE NOISETTE
(party scene) for Paris Opera Ballet, THE WIND for the Royal Ballet, A DREAM WITHIN A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Olivier nomination) for Ballet Black, FACADA a duet for Russian ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev Sergerstrom Centre for the Arts California, Stanislavsky Theatre Moscow, London Coliseum and City Centre New York, RUN MARY RUN
for Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin, Sadlers Wells and international tour, THE MOTHER for Natalia Osipova at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Gorky Arts Theatre Moscow and Sochi Philharmonic, VOLVER VOLVER a solo for Ed Watson for Men In Motion at London Coliseum and La Versiliana Festival Tuscany, LA BALA a solo for Thiago Soares performed at Theatre
Municipal of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, JIGGLING FROM THE ZILLS for Irek Mukhamedov for Men in Motion, London Coliseum, THE BALLAD OF MACK AND GINNY for Edward Watson and Wendy Whelan as part of Other Stories The Linbury Theatre
Royal Opera, Fall for Dance City Center New York, CRISTAUX for Ballet Black, THE TENANT starring James Whiteside and Cassie Trenary at The Joyce Theatre NYC, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, CRISTAUX A, B AND IN C for Edward Watson, Maria Kowroski, Sarah Lamb and Robbie Fairchild for the Ballet Festival curated by Kevin O’Hare at The Joyce Theatre NYC,
AGNES DEI a dance film for the Royal Ballet starring Leo Dixon. Coming up, GOOD VIBRATIONS for Huston Ballet.

For his own company Ballo Arthur Pita, BOOMSHE SHEBOOM, BUGGER, A FAIRY TALE and CAMP at The Place Theatre. GOD’S GARDEN a co-commission from DanceEast and ROH2 at Jerwood Dance House DanceEast and Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House and UK tour, THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL Jerwood Dance House DanceEast, UK tour, Sadlers Wells, Taiwan/China tour, THE WORLD’S GREATEST SHOW at Greenwich Dance, Jerwood Dance House and Royal Opera House, STEPMOTHER/STEPFATHER (5 National Dance Awards nominations), The Place and UK tour and TEN SORRY TALES for DanceEast and Sadlers Wells.
Other commissions include, SNOW WHITE IN BLACK (National Dance Award Modern Repetoire)for Phoenix Dance Company performed at Sadler’s Wells, AND THEN GONE for Bare Bones performed at the Linbury ROH, THE STEPFATHER for CandoCo Dance Company, MISCHIEF (TMA Award Achievement in Dance) a collaboration with Theatre
Rites commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Dance Touring Partnership, The New Victory Theatre Broadway, DANCING IN THE DARK for Images of Dance, ROMEU E JULIETA for Dancando com a Diferenca (Madeira), UTOPIA a site specific
commission for the International Dance Festival Birmingham, THE ART OF THE IKETTES for Intoto Dance, GOD’S for London Contemporary Dance School Graduation, MOJO for Theatre Rites/Barbican, Salzburg Festival, New Victory Theatre Broadway A SHIELA DANCE for Sally Rousse, Minneapolis, DEATH DEFYING DANCES for Body Traffic, Broad Theatre LA,
The Joyce Theatre NYC, ALICE IN CALIFORNILAND for Axis Dance Company, Oakland California, SUMMER WINTER AND THE RITE OF SPRING for Balet Moskva, Meyerhold Center Moscow.

As a collaborator Arthur has choreographed for MAPPA MUNDI, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, DETROIT, OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD for the Royal National Theatre, CALEDONIAN ROAD, BECKY SHAW, MACHINAL and THE TREATMENT for the Almeida Theatre, LA BOHEME and SHOW BOAT for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall, IDOMENEO with Placido Domingo for Los Angeles Opera, FRANKENSTEIN for Derby Playhouse, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO for the Lithuanian State Opera , Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, THE GAMBLER for Opera Zuid , CARMEN for The Royal Opera House, Den Norske Opera,
also filmed in 3D, LA DONNA DEL LARGO and THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY for The Royal Opera House, WEST SIDE STORY for Municipal Festival of Larnaca in Cyprus, STREET SCENE (Evening Standard Award Best
Musical) for The Opera Group and Young Vic, Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, THE WINTER’S TALE for Royal Shakespeare Company(Stratford, London and New York), LA CENERENTOLA for Garsington Opera, ORFEO ED EURIDICE for Minnesota Opera and THE GLASS MENAGERIE for the Young Vic, THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER for ENO, The Metropolitan Opera NY, THE BODYGUARD The Musical for the Adelphi Theatre West End, LES LIAISON DANGEREUSES,
ELEGY, ST JOAN for Donmar Warehouse. Film, TV, commercial and pop video work include the finale number for SUNSHINE ON LEITH directed by Dexter Fletcher, Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA, CHARLIE’S ANGELS directed by Elizabeth
Banks, VICTORIA BEER commercial starring Isaac and Esteban Hernandez, IN YOUR HANDS pop video for Charlie Winston, JUPITER ASCENDING directed by Lana and Lilly Wachoski, BLUE MURDER pop video for The Feeling, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE directed by Emily Mortimer for BBC/Amazon, TOM JONES for ITV and PERSUASION to be released on Netflix.

NATALIA OSIPOVA for Sky Arts and THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL for Sadlers Wells Digital Stage.
Recently, Arthur participated as a judge for BBC Young Dancer 2022.


Meow’s unique brand of subversive and sublime entertainment has hypnotized, inspired and seduced audiences worldwide from London’s West End to Lincoln Centre New York, to the Hollywood Bowl, to the Sydney Opera House. Her original music theatre works have played from Berlin to Berkeley, to Edinburgh to Shanghai and have been commissioned by David Bowie, Pina Bausch and Mikhail Baryshnikov amongst others.

With orchestras she specialises in Weimar and French chanson repertoire as well as jump-cut explorations of Schubert and Schumann and contemporary work.

The stage-diving tragi-comedienne has performed her “orchestrated chaos” with The London Philharmonic, Sydney, Melbourne, Seattle, Bergen Norway, Oregon, Vancouver and San Francisco Symphonies and she is a frequent guest with the orchestra “Pink Martini” including at the Berlin Philharmonic and with the LA Philharmonic at Disney Hall and at Hollywood Bowl.

Her latest album Hotel Amour with Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale was ranked in the Times UK top 100 albums of 2019. Her theatre credits include Titania in Emma Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls with the Royal Philharmonic at Royal Albert Hall, (dir Stephen Mears), La Maîtresse – a role created for her in Michel Legrand and Kneehigh’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on London’s West End, Jenny in The Threepenny Opera with the London Philharmonic in London and Paris, and Anna in Die Sieben Todsünden at the Berlin Konzerthaus under Vladimir Jurowski, and at Hamer Hall with Orchestra Victoria and Victorian Opera. She has performed as “Pegleg” in Tom Waits’ The Black Rider with Orchestra Victoria, Sitwell/Walton’s Facade at Berlin Konzerthaus, cond Jurowski and Louis Andriessen’s de Materie at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

She has a longstanding creative relationship with Malthouse Theatre and the major Australian Arts Festivals and has made numerous award winning original music-theatre works which have been presented at Southbank Centre and toured the UK and by Edinburgh International Festival, including Vamp, Meow’ s Little Match Girl, Meow’s Little Mermaid. She has created numerous “fantastical history” song cycles for crumbling theatres in Australia and the UK, and bespoke civic events – most recently in Liverpool UK for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album involving the city’s brass bands, a three day “riot” and a requiem in a graveyard.

Meow has toured the concert halls of Australia, the UK and the US with The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Barry Humphries’ acclaimed Weimar programme, including an extended return season at the Barbican in London. Her recent music theatre work Apocalypse Meow was presented at Southbank Centre, had a return season at Shakespeare’s Globe London, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne and at BAM’s Next Wave Festival in NYC . She is guest artist with Pina Bausch Tanztheater and has just had her Carnegie Hall solo debut with her programme: “Sequins and Satire, Divas and Disruptors : the Wild Women of the Weimar Republic”. Next: Meow’s Pandemonium with Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


multi-instrumentalist and composer
multi-instrumentalist and composer

Multi instrumentalist and composer Frank moon has produced scores for dance and theatre that have been performed across the world, including orchestral scores for The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, Joyce Theatre New York, Shakespeare’s Globe, Burgtheater Vienna, Ballet Moscow, and Ballet de Santiago, Chile. In 2021 he was nominated for Outstanding Creative Contribution at the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, for his scores for dance. As a performer has toured with artists such as Cerys Matthews, the Urban Folk Quartet and The Destroyers, plus many ensembles in genres from jazz and folk to hip hop, gamelan, mediaeval music and Middle Eastern and African funk. His oud playing features in several Hollywood films.

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