The ability to communicate is considered to be a vital skill in FTH:K. Onstage, we recognise our role as story-tellers, as well as the need to tell relevant stories originating from our country and the cultures we represent. Our role demands us to observe and interact with life both in South Africa and abroad, and then discover exciting, accessible ways to communicate these stories theatrically to our audiences without depending on any one language to do so. Offstage, the Company recognises the need to overcome linguistic divides within the Family, and it partners with the following organisations to achieve this:
SLED (Sign Language Education and Development)
Through SLED, FTH:K has trained more than 20 hearing employees in South African Sign Language (SASL).
DCCT (Deaf Community of Cape Town)
Through DCCT, FTH:K has trained more than 10 Deaf employees in English and Computer Literacy.
Quest Visual Theatre
Its most recent collaboration sees FTH:K partnering with American theatre company Quest in an annual performance and education exchange between Cape Town and Washington, DC. Key to this partnership is Quest's experience in using visual theatre as a tool to promote English Literacy.
In addition to the above, FTH:K initiatied an in-house English Comprehension programme called Book Club where Deaf employees would read books weekly and discuss them in sessions with their Education Coordinator.