Kafka's Ape

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Adapted & Directed by: Phala O. Phala | Original Design by: Liesel N. Retief | Performed by Tony Bonani Miyambo

Kafka’s Ape is a solo performance adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘A Report To An Academy’ about a primate’s struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The play engages in an allegorical observation of the South African society through the eyes of other; the ape Red Peter. In 2015 it won a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival. In 2018 it will tour North America by invitation and return to Africa to perform in Mozambique.

Kafka’s Ape presents a  conflicting point of view in which traditional boundaries, categories, and norms are questioned; in which beauty, harmony, and symmetry are usurped by cruelty, dissonance, and abnormality. It opens up the reality that there exists something outside of and in addition to our “normal,” “typical,” “wholesome” world, and that is “other”. 

“Minimalist décor, subtle music, lights and brilliant acting succeed in enthralling the audience with questions about the human condition, external realities, conformity and freedom. It’s personal, tragic, funny and gooseflesh-inducing.” - Martin Laubscher, Cue Newspaper.

“…the play comprises poignant truisms about identity and the danger of shallowly judging others.” - Robyn Sassen. 

“I hazard that Kafka’s Ape is both ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, a happy middle ground filled with beautiful unhappiness. You can’t but feel like an insider, partly the crisp clear narrative, but detailed energetic genius & superhuman physicality pulled this one off.” - Christopher Steenkamp

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 26th Sep 2017 My View

    "Miyambo is a performer of nimble and great diversity." - Robyn Sassen


  • Tue 21st Mar 2017 whatson.co.za

    "Tony Bonani Miyambo is simply brilliant in his depiction of Red Peter."

    Review of Kafka's Ape by Laura Davidson

  • Sun 19th Mar 2017 Weekend Special

    "Tony is riveting, moving and heart wrenching, as he expands on his journey from ape to man, and in so doing delivers the horrors of what being man is. His huge physical presence and control fill the tiny space, and the subtle emotion of his delivery are both mesmerising and absolutely haunting."

    Review of 'Kafka's Ape' by Megan Furniss




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