Rating: General
Kafka's Ape by Phala O. Phala and Tony Miyambo (South Africa)
  • Jan 12, 2023
      Jan 14, 2023
  • duration.mins
  • Esplanade Theatre Studio
  • synopsis

    “The fact that it’s actually more relevant today than when it was written 100 years ago suggests that the world we currently live in has some serious problems.”

    —Heather Taylor Johnson, InDaily


    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.

    “The audience is left both dumbfounded and in awe at the end of this hour of theatre. It has been a mighty trip into a hideous hypothetical. It has been a display of masterful acting, it has been a graphic lesson in humanity and an unforgettable experience.”

    —Samela Harris, The Barefoot Review

    Open captions in English for all shows. Post-show dialogue on 13 January 2023, with speech to text interpretation available upon request. Please email your request to [email protected] before 22 December 2022.



    • Once tickets are sold, there are strictly no cancellation, exchange or refund.
    • For concession tickets, random verification checks may be carried out at the theatre.


    Photography and videography are strictly not allowed during the performance.


    COVID-19 Safe Management Measures (SMM)

    As per the latest COVID-19 SMM by the National Arts Council, effective as of 29 August 2022, mask-wearing is optional in theatres, and safe distancing is no longer required.


    We highly encourage our audiences to practise social responsibility. Do stay home to rest if you are feeling unwell. You are welcome to continue wearing a mask in the theatre.



    We welcome patrons who need accessible seating arrangements—including wheelchair users, those who require access to open captions, and those with assistance dogs.


    Due to varying production designs and seating configurations, please contact us at [email protected] before booking your ticket so we can share more information about seating and routes with you. You can also find more information about accessibility at the Fringe website.


    For queries or more information, please contact us at [email protected].

    Artist Line Up and Bio


    Phala Ookeditse Phala is the Animateur at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, an interdisciplinary incubator space for the arts based in Maboneng, Johannesburg. He is a multi-award-winning ‘storiyer’ whose works have won awards in South Africa, USA, the Czech Republic and Australia. He holds a Masters in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His works champion emotional and psychologically stimulating storytelling with a uniquely African aesthetic. His focus and interest are on methodologies of making and creating work in ways that collapse and disrupt conventional norms.



    Tony Bonani Miyambo an actor and theatre-maker with a BA (Dramatic Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Over the years Tony has also steadily built a career in both theatre and the South African television industries as a producer, writer, actor, and director. He has worked for various production companies across formats, from variety shows to long-form drama.

    Tony has been part of numerous theatre productions, some of which have toured all over the world. His body of work includes acclaimed solo performances The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, Commission Continua, and Kafka’s Ape, which has won multiple international awards. Tony was also awarded the 2012 Brett Goldin Award and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom.



    Kamohelo Sebudi is a BA in Live Performance graduate based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born a dancer, they started their professional artistic training in 2015 at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State in Bloemfontein, training in Contemporary and African Contemporary dance. While pursuing their degree, Kamohelo made their stage debut in RED, written and directed by Tony Bonani Miyambo, and their on-screen debut in the Mzansi Magic film Hawe Ma!. They continued working in production design, make-up, costume and styling, and from 2019, they branched out to arts administration, stage management and operations management. Kamohelo currently works as the Creative Department Intern at Clive Morris Productions under the mentorship of Executive Producer Khayelihle Gumede. They are passionate about storytelling and believe in its power, regardless of the medium of delivery.

  • Jan 12, 2023
      Jan 14, 2023
  • duration.mins
  • Esplanade Theatre Studio
  • tickets-fromS$24