Ein Bericht für eine Akademie
Ein Bericht für eine Akademie is a short story, in the form of a monologue, by Franz Kafka.
The original text
Written in German and published in 1917, the work tells the story of an ape named Red Peter, who has been raised as a human, and reports on his process of transformation, his experiences and his longings to the Academy of Sciences.
The original text has been translated into English and many other languages.
Translations and adaptations
The story has been adapted for the stage a number of times in many parts of the world. This South Africa it was translated into English as A Report to an Academy and adapted for the stage by Mario Schiess, for a South African production in 1980.
Performance history in South Africa
1980: Performed in English as A Report to an Academy in the Schiess version, directed by Mario Schiess with Marius Weyers. The production became a massive hit, financially and economically and critically, being performed around the country and abroad for the following number of years.Weyers won a number of awards for his portrayal, including the Fleur du Cap Award in 1980. In 1987 Weyers performed the same adaptation to rave reviews in Los Angeles, where critics noted the parallels with apartheid race science.
National Arts Festival programme, 1990. p.136.
Aardklop Programme 2013
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