- Stadsdeel Centrum
Director: Phala O. Phala
Written By: Adaptation by Phala O. Phala
Featured Artists: Tony Miyambo
Age Restriction: All
Kafka’s Ape, a Silver Ovation Award winner at the South African National Arts Festival 2015 and 2015 Naledi Cutting Edge Theatre nominee was adapted by Phala Ookeditse Phala and is based on Franz Kafka’s A Report to An Academy. Using physical theatre to tell the story of the central character, actor extraordinaire Tony Miyambo gives an incredible and convincing performance of an ape to human transformation, provoking deep questions about what it means to be a human being. The deliberate physicality is meant to reference the physical self as a point of external identity in conflict with the inner soul. Relaying his story, Red Peter (Kafka’s Ape) speaks from the heart wanting everyone to share the depth of his “transformation” story. The play questions humankind and the real need to create societies that break rather than fuse chains that limit identity, personal freedom and development. It speaks to the issues of identity and contemporary desires for self-fulfillment and actualization in an increasingly restrictive society.
Robyn Sassen, theatre critic praised the play saying: “Miyambo is a performer of nimble and great diversity. His interpretation of Red Peter is utterly flawless in his mimicry of a monkey mimicking a human interface and how his unique quandary is cynical and naive simultaneously. Nothing feels out of place in the interstices of this Red Peter. Miyambo’s performance will leave you shattered by how ideas of humanity cleave with the monkey’s reflection on the base hypocrisies of the human race. Above all, Kafka’s Ape is a story told with clarity and acumen and, coupled with a very simple set and sensitive lighting decisions; its central premises will haunt you. “
- Tony Miyambo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand and is well known for his role in Mpumelelo Grootboom’s Relativity at Wits which then travelled to Prague for an international theatre festival; Tony was awarded a prize for Best Actor in a Dramatic Role. He recently took up a residency at The Royal Court Theatre, Britain’s leading national company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world. A prolific actor and writer, Tony works in the theatre, in film and television.
- Phala Ookeditse Phala, the adapter and director of the play, is an award wining theatre maker with over ten years of telling relevant and thought provoking stories. He holds a Masters in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand and is emerging directing voice in South African Theatre.
Great intense show, wonderful actingGeplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Jurre Schreuder
Blown away. If you see one show, let it be this one. Impressive and moving.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Ellen Petit
Superb!!Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Erica Carr
Extremely intense play. Leaves no one cold.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Tobias Seidl
Stunning performance. What a great actor! Deeply touched.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Carlijn van Ramshorst
A mesmerising physical and vocal performance by Tony Miyambo that dances the knife edge of ape and man and does full justice to Kafka's reflections on what it means to be human.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Virginia Proud
A wonderful piece of theatre with a detailed and riveting performance by Tony Miyambo. It's not a comfortable piece, but it asks important questions about humanity, society and our place in the world.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Loveday Smith
I have rarely seen a performance so beautifully, lively enacted as Kafka's Ape. With minimal decor but a wide arrange of physical and emotional traits Tony Miyambo succeeds in bringing Red Peter to live. Outstanding performance and certainly an actor to watch out for in the coming years.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Joke De Vos
Emotional, intense, very well done!Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Ilaria Forciniti
Dedicated and skillfull actor in a grippong tale about human nature, hidden in animal skin.Geplaatst op 28 June om 23:44 door Jacqueline Houting