The Patient

A performance of The Patient by Joseph Clayton Mills at Headington Hill Hall, Oxford, 10th February 2018.

A selection of documentation can be found here:

“During his final illness (tuberculosis of the larynx) at the sanatorium in Kierling, Kafka was not supposed
to speak, an injunction he obeyed most of the time. He communicated with Dora Dymant, Robert Klopstock,
and others by scribbling notes on slips of paper. Usually these notes were mere hints; his friends guessed the rest.”—Max Brod

Inspired by and incorporating fragmentary notes written by Franz Kafka on his deathbed to communicate with
friends and family, The Patient draws from the texts of these conversation slips for specific imagery, textures,
mood, gestures, and instrumentation.