Nocturnal Vista Theatre du Pif Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre Reviewed: December 17 Theatre du Pif's Nocturnal Vista, a theatrical collage of writings by Czech novelist Franz Kafka, includes extracts from personal letters and from his plays: The Vulture, The Bucket Rider, Before the Law, and his best known work The Metamorphosis. The production is directed by Bonni Chan Lai-chu, who co-created and acted in the piece along with fellow artistic director Sean Curran. They were joined on stage by Alasdair Satchel of Scotland-based Perhilion Theatre Company, dancer Justyne Li Sze-yeung, actor Lee Kar-fai and Yasmin Li who provided the live music. The evening began with The Vulture, a disarming existential parable about a helpless woman (Curran) whose feet are pecked by a relentless bird of prey. The Bucket Rider followed, equally bleak and surreal, about a man (Chan) so impoverished he believes he can ride his empty bucket to the coal dealer to beg. A loud ticking introduced The Metamorphosis, which is divided into separate acts, with Before the Law and extracts of Kafka's peppered in between. This form aims to deconstruct Kafka's work while illuminating the man. However, the fragmentation upset the dramatic impact of the works. It is clear that Chan and Curran wanted more than a simple piece of narrative, and this work is more challenging than The Metamorphosis they staged 10 years ago. But beware, Nocturnal Vista is no introduction to Kafka. The work is pitched at audiences seeking new insights into his demanding and surreal work.