Theatre, Festival

Kakfa's Ape

Organised by: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
Performed by: Phala O Phala & Tony Bonani Miyambo
  • Date:
    12 - 14 Jan 2023
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  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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An adaptation of Franz Kafka's A Report to an Academy, Kafka's Ape is a solo performance about a primate's struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The hard-hitting play presents a metaphorical view on South African society, highlighting the complexities of identity in post-apartheid South Africa as well as in the human race.

An ape named Red Peter is captured. In his quest to break out of his confinement, he learns to imitate humanity and contests identity based on outward appearance. Through his journey, Kafka's Ape questions the understanding of otherness.

Miyambo has received multiple accolades for this powerful performance, including Winner of Outstanding Performance award at Prague Fringe Festival 2019, Best Satire Award at New York's United Solo Festival 2019, and the Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2021, among others.

Kakfa's Ape