Alexander Upstairs Presents KAFKA'S APE

Kafka's Ape, a Silver Ovation Award winner at the National Arts Festival 2015 was adapted by Phala O 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."


Mon 20th Mar 9pm R120.00 R100.00

Tue 21st Mar 9pm R120.00 R100.00

Wed 22nd Mar 9pm R120.00 R100.00

Thu 23rd Mar 9pm R120.00 R100.00

Fri 24th Mar 9pm R120.00 R100.00

Sat 25th Mar 9pm R120.00 R100.00

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