Quite simply, the physical imagination is our playground and we aim to create theatre productions and education programmes that reflect this, re-establishing belief and delight in the magic and power of live entertainment. The fact that we do this without the dependency on any one language only makes it more intriguing!
In the Mother City, three desperate and lonely individuals get drawn into an unlikely relationship that will lead them on a journey of discovery, companionship, tragedy, and ultimately transform their lives forever. This is a small story of hope and rebirth set against a bigger backdrop of the frailties and complications of human relationships, dreams, the violence and hardships of life in this country today, and the desire for a better life.
Told by three performers using beautifully realised full masks, Benchmarks is a poetic celebration of the human spirit.
Devised and directed by Rob Murray, and a stellar team of collaborators, for the 2011 National Arts Festival Main Programme.
Shortcuts is an investigation and exploration into the use of Mask work. The show comprises of different recognisable scenarios of our everyday life taking you from an onset of laughter to the heartbreak of love- the show covers a large range of emotions and up to 8 different characters to express them. Devised and directed by Jayne Batzofin; featuring Marlon Snyders, Christopher Beukes, Tomri Steyn and Sinethemba Mgebisa. Next touring in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
Shortcuts was first given birth in the form of "Masked in 3 acts", a full mask performance originally devised to be performed at Herschel Girl's High School on International Day of People with Disabilities (3 December).
Shortcuts is a series of short stories in mask (both Full Mask and the smallest mask of all- the red nose), told through FTH:K's signature style of visual, physical theatre. The show comprises of different recognisable scenarios of our everyday life: an exam hall- where nerves and stress prevail - to a very upmarket restaurant where a man is about to propose to his partner - to the showmanship of the failed clown act.
Shortcuts is a non-verbal performance- where nothing is said but a lot is understood through the refined and detailed craftsmanship of mask work. Taking you from an onset of laughter to the heartbreak of love- the show covers a large range of emotions and up to 8 different characters to express them.
Devised and directed by Jayne Batzofin
Performed by Marlon Snyders, Christopher Beukes, Tomri Steyn and Sinethemba Mgebisa
Designed by Jayne Batzofin
Pictures of You
Frank and Janet’s marriage appears the picture of perfection – neat, ordered, and respectable, but underneath lies a deeper truth – one of buried secrets and repressed desires that begin leaking out. Devised by Rob Murray and the cast; featuring Liezl de Kock and Dorian Burstein. Winner of the 2009 Fleur du Cap Best Lighting Design Award (Rob Murray); Winner of the 2009 Fleur du Cap Best Prop and/or Puppetry Design Award for the masks (Janni Younge).
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Tales from the Trash
On a rubbish heap, three tramps converge looking for food and a means of survival. When one discovers a story book in the pile of rubbish he acts it out for the other two. The story itself is an epic African yarn of coming of age, as a displaced boy grows up to become a man in a tribe that isn't his. Developed from an original story by Christopher Beukes; devised and performed by Marlon Snyders, Tomri Steyn and Christopher Beukes; directed by Rob Murray, Jayne Batzofin and Liezl de Kock.
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