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Here comes ‘Kafka’s Ape’

As St Andrews devotes shows to storm survivors

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A one-man play titled Kafka’s Ape featuring Tawonga Tadjja Nkhonjera, directed by Stanley Mambo and produced by Hazel Musochera, will premiere at Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe tomorrow night with other performances on March 31, April 1 and April 2.

A Mwezi Arts Production, the play is a physical monologue reflecting on social, humanitarian and environmental values and realities.

Red Peter, an ape who was shot, captured and scientifically tamed to mimic human action and speech, presents his story to members of the academy;. ‘A report to the Academy!’

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Red Peter loses the memory of what being an ape feels. To fit and find a way out, he adapts to handshaking, smoking, spitting, scrolling, performing and drinking as such appear to be the height of “what makes us humans”.

Taddja said Wednesday he was happy to make a comeback to the stage after a long time.

“Lilongwe get ready. Part of the box office collection will go to support six artists who were affected by Cyclone Freddy in Blantyre,” he said.

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Hazel said it was a great pleasure for them to work with Taddja, who she described as a professional actor, filmmaker and writer.

“He is a great artist, very talented and hardworking and a force to reckon with. Many thanks to Mwezi Arts/Madsoc whole team and we are grateful to the director Stanley Mambo for the adaptation of one of the world’s greatest writers Franz Kafka, a beautiful fable about the human race,” she said.

Hazel said it was a bit of a challenge for them to create the production as they had to work under pressure after Karma’s unfortunate case.

“All the same, expect a beautiful, well-crafted show. On a sad note, let’s all do the best we can to assist those who have been affected by Cyclone Freddy. Part of the proceeds will go towards a few Dikamawoko artists who have been affected by the cyclone,” she said.

Meanwhile, St Andrews in Blantyre, which has adapted a musical production titled Hadestown The Myth. The Musical, has indicated that it will go ahead with the performances starting today through to Saturday.

The school’s drama teacher Kevin Troughton said yesterday that part of the proceeds raised at each show will be channelled towards Cyclone Freddy survivors.

“We dedicate all the performances to all those affected by Cyclone Freddy and we will be having a minute of silence to remember the souls we have lost,” Troughton said.

Hadestown The Myth. The Musical is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell.

It tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice, a young girl looking for something to eat, goes to work in a hellish industrial version of the Greek underworld to escape poverty and the cold, and her poor singer-songwriter lover Orpheus attempts to rescue her.

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