Following, and ahead of, a tour that has seen this piece performed all over the world for the past four years.
Adapted and directed by Phala O. Phala with the original design by Liesel N. Retief and performed by Tony Bonani Miyambo. Kafka’s Ape is a solo performance adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “A Report To An Academy” about a primate’s struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The play engages in an allegorical observation of the South African society through the eyes of other; the ape Red Peter.
Kafka’s Ape presents a conflicting point of view in which traditional boundaries, categories, and norms are questioned; in which beauty, harmony, and symmetry are usurped by cruelty, dissonance, and abnormality. It opens up the reality that there exists something outside of and in addition to our “normal”, “typical”, “wholesome” world, and that there is “other”. The play thus compels audiences to identify and to meditate on their rejoinder to other(ness) as it highlights the complexities of identity in post-apartheid South Africa and in the human race in general.
Venue: POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox St, Maboneng Precinct
Time: Mon and Tue 8pm
Cost: R120 – R140