Alexander Upstairs Presents Week-long run of KAFKA'S APE

Alexander Upstairs Presents Week-long run of KAFKA'S APE
Tony Miyambo in KAFKA'S APE
Photo credit: Mia van der Merwe/Cuepix

KAFKA'S APE, a Silver Ovation Award winner at the National Arts Festival 2015 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 tackles the incredible challenge to perform a convincing transition from an ape to a man, provoking deep questions about what it means to be a human being. The deliberate physicality of the production is meant to reference the physical self as a point of external identity in conflict with the inner soul.

Relaying his story, Red Peter - the name of the titular character - speaks from the heart wanting everyone to share the depth of his story of transformation. 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.

KAFKA'S APE runs from 20 - 25 March at 21:00. Tickets are available from the Alexander Bar website, costing R100 if booked and prepaid online or R120 if paid on collection at the bar. For telephone enquiries, call 021 300 1652. The Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre is situated at 76 Strand Street in the Cape Town city centre and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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