Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Relatively faithful adaptation of Franz Kafka’s short story ‘A Report for An Academy.’ Writer Guy Sprung updates the piece with heavy handed references to the American military complex and reality television but the essential narrative remains the same. An ape captured by an expedition recounts his journey towards becoming ‘civilised’ by his captors and becoming more human. Through his lecture he inadvertently reveals the anguish caused by his removal from his homeland and the subservience involved in adapting to stay alive at the expense of his own personal freedom. It’s energetically performed by Howard Rosenstein who bounds around the auditorium with ape like athleticism and the production captures both the pathos in Kafka’s story and its bleak humour.