The end of the GUMBO era

Posted: April 28, 2009 in GUMBO
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All good things come to an end, they say, and GUMBO, which has been a great thing for FTH:K, has come to an end too.  The final performance of the Festival was an emotional one as it marked a number of “ends” in the Company: Ugli Bob’s swan song in his performance career; Tink’s moving out of the performance/theatre-making team; the closing of our first 3-year cycle; and of course, the final performance of GUMBO (for a looooooooooooong time, at least).  A lot of “ends”.  But then, a lot of beginnings too.  It’s time for FTH:K to be putting out new work and showcasing where we actually are in terms of creating theatre.  GUMBO was made in 2006 so, as Rob says, there’s still so much naivety in it and in many ways, we have developed further than GUMBO represents.  It’s time for GUMBO to make way for the other pieces that FTH:K has to offer, like Pictures of You or Quack! or the big piece we are making in November, or the collaboration with Lara Foot-Newton.  The new ideas and developments and opportunities that have been built on the back of the GUMBO experience…

GUMBO has taken us to the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, KZN, around the Western Cape, to Berlin, Munich, Freiburg, and Buenos Aires.  We have performed in basements, theatres, school halls and empty rooms, and our last performance here was number 124.  And that’s not counting the times we performed it in rehearsal…

So, sleep well, little GUMBO, and thank you thank you for everything!

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