Ein Bericht für eine Akademie

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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.

An Afrikaans translation and adaptation, called Na-aap (literally "after-ape", i.e. "to mimic" or "to imitate") was done by Arnold Blumer.

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.

1990: Presented by Basil Rubin on the Fringe, National Arts Festival, directed by Mario Schiess and starring Sam Williams.

2003*?: Abduragman Adams did a version of the Schiess in English text at the Grahamstown Festival.

2009: Karoly Pinter directed the Schiess in English version, starring Sello Maake ka Ncube.

2013: Performed as Na-aap in the Blumer Afrikaans version at the Aardklop festival in Porchefstroom in 2013, as a Clover Aardklop production, directed by Jaco Bouwer, with De Klerk Oelofse.


Wikipedia [1].

National Arts Festival programme, 1990. p.136.

Aardklop Programme 2013

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