Listen with your eyes

2012-04-12 00:00

THE award-winning visual-theatre company, FTH:K, kicks off its national tour in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday with a performance at Kwa Vulindebele School in Chatsworth and St Martin de Porres School in Port Shepstone.

The company, whose works include Pictures of You and Benchmarks, in association with A Conspiracy of Clowns, GUMBO, QUACK! and Womb Tide, recently won the Fleur du Cap Award for innovation in theatre.

Its new show, OfficeBLOCK, which is travelling around the country until September 8, is described as a “fun, yet thought-provoking depiction of the ­tyranny of conformity and the culture of corporate greed”.

In the show, four co-workers negotiate life within the corporation, and the ­audience watches as things unravel at the suit seams when the hunger for greed and power leads to the point of no return.

FTH:K, whose signature style of ­non-verbal theatre encourages audiences to listen with their eyes, works with both deaf and hearing performers. Its Tell-Tale Signs education programme, which prepares deaf students for a career in the professional-theatre industry, starts at school level, and progresses to potential full-time employment with the company.

In addition to the performances in Chatsworth and Port Shepstone, FTH:K will be at the KwaZulu-Natal Deaf Association in Durban on April 17; at Treverton School in Mooi River on April 18; at St John’s DSG in Pietermaritzburg on April 19; at Kwa Thintwa School in Inchanga and Epworth in Pietermaritzburg on April 20; at Fulton School in Gillitts on April 23; at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof on April 24; at VN Naik School in Newlands on April 25; and at Thomas More in Kloof on April 26.

“This is our most extensive tour yet, visiting new schools in KwaZulu-Natal ... We always have a special affinity with KwaZulu-Natal, as our co-founder, Rob Murray, grew up there,” says FTH:K ­artistic director Jayne Batzofin, who also devised, directed and designed the ­production Shortcuts for the 2011 tour.

Performing in OfficeBLOCK will be seasoned FTH:K trainees Marlon Snyders, Christopher Beukes and Sinethemba Mgebisa, who took part in the Shortcuts tour, and FTH:K newcomer Asanda Rilityana.

For more information visit www.fthk. co.za — Arts Editor.

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