FTH:K is a young, independent theatre company with the mantra:
Listen With Your Eyes
Our non-verbal, visual theatre integrates Deaf and hearing artists, audiences and educators, and has won multiple awards in its 8 years of existence. Our aim of bringing together the Deaf and hearing is best illustrated through our unique Tell-Tale Signs programme which has trained, inspired and fascinated Deaf and hearing communities around the world since the company's inception.
KZN & Free State Tour (with Clowns Without Borders)
“FTH:K is an independent and vibrant theatre company that has enriched the South African theatre landscape with its original and unique approach to visual theatre. Having pioneered itself as a groundbreaking South African theatre company which casts both hearing and Deaf actors, their work challenges and enriches both the artists and the audiences through a combination of visual and performing arts forms such as puppetry, masks and live performance. As trendsetters of this genre in South Africa, it is clearly evident that the current growth in visual theatre on the festival and mainstream circuit is influenced by FTH:K’s prolific style and their ability to continually raise the bar both on excellence and innovation.”
Ismail Mahomed, Director, National Arts Festival
FTH:K co-founder and founding Artistic Director, Rob Murray, who received a Fleur du Cap award for Best Lighting Design for the production Pictures of You, was also nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initative to work with the Mentor Peter Sellars. Candidates are nominated anonymously by leading professionals in their field, and it is a great honour to have been considered.
“This is my first trip to South Africa…indeed my first time on this mighty African continent! There were many questions, some nervous excitement, wondering what the culture in South Africa is like and what the Deaf culture is like. Being Asian and now being based in Scotland (Europe) I am fairly familiar with most things Asian and European - but in terms of South Africa, I know/knew nothing!"
We have told you about the new partnerships that FTH:K has launched, right, and one of the projects on which we are collaborating is our National Deaf Education Tour (NDET). We ran our first tour in 2006 and since then, have run one every year, reaching more than 25 000 youths, of which 70% have been Deaf or hard of hearing. Together with Clowns Without Borders SA, Dominican School for Deaf Children in Wittebome, Cape Town, and international Deaf artist, Ramesh Meyyappan, FTH:K is running its National Tour again sharing with Deaf learners across the country the magic of live performance and the fun of theatre skills.
The winners of the Handspring Puppetry Awards, 2011, were announced on Sunday, 11 September, at the Little Theatre on UCT's Hiddingh Campus, with five categories carrying a R7000 prize for each winner.
Benchmarks won an award and was nominated in three categories at the second annual Handspring Puppetry Awards, which was recently announced at the closing ceremony of the Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Theatre Festival.