- City Centre
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.