“They are good people, despite everything that happened…” Have a sneak peek at what to expect from Red Peter, Grid Theatre’s adaptation of Kafka’s A Report to an Academy at Camden Fringe, then book your tickets.
The one-person play runs at the Etcetera Theatre from 1 to 6 August 2019.
An ape has been captured in the jungles of West Africa and brought back to ‘civilization’ by his European captors. To escape a life of incarceration, he ‘evolves’ into a human being. Red Peter, as he is known, mimics human habits from the crew of the ship upon which he is imprisoned, masters human speech and eventually decides to embrace human society rather than languish in a zoo as an ape. He presents to an academy to give a report about his former life.
Kafka wrote his short story in 1917, a decade into his career and five years after he wrote The Metamorphosis. It explores what it is to be human from an outsider’s perspective, exposing modern man’s isolation and solitude through the mind of an ape. Red Peter’s confession about how hard it is to constantly present himself as human to the human world can be seen as a metaphor for the problems faced by the many minority communities in contemporary society, whether they define themselves by nationality, race, religion, culture, gender or sexuality.
Dancer, choreographer and actor Denzil Barnes takes on the role of Red Peter in this dramatic monologue, directed by Grid Theatre’s Chris Yun-Ward.
The Etcetera Theatre has a packed programme of work running this Camden Fringe, including tale of deadly ambition The Last King of Porn and Red Peter. Elsewhere the Fringe schedule also includes story of adultery and social media Letting Go, comic coming-of-middle-age play My Name is Cathy and refugee drama The Net.
Watch this excerpt from the play
A monologue from a captured African Ape.
1 – 6 August @EtceteraTheatre @CamdenFringe
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Full festival programme
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