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*a collaborative blog post between Tink and The Muslim

Group pic 3 Benches was the theme for this year’s Annual Party to herald the coming of our brand new piece, Benchmarks which premieres on the Main Festival at the National Arts Festival (NAF) later this year.

The venue for this years AGM was Kwalapa at the Montebello Arts and Crafts centre, graciously provided the very cool Patrick Schofield. This quaint, crafty venture in Newlands has a tree in the middle of the store, growing through the roof. Perfect for a bunch of crazy clowning misfits that is the FTH:K family. To match the  theme we had picnic food on clothed tables, around the big tree in the middle of the room. We even had a cake with a bench proudly marked FTH:K on it! Complemented with the wonderful wine from Distell, one of our favourite supporters.

Our Trainees presented excerpts of Tales from the Trash and Shortcuts between project reviews.

The outgoing Treasurer presents
Our out-going treasurer, Charles, gave the financial review and contrary to popular opinion on accountants and financial reviews, he was funny. We are very sorry to lose him but wish him all the best on his new journey. (PS to all the single ladies: He is charming, funny, and single; please contact the office for further details ;)

Ugli Bob gave everyone a very handy run down of the FTH:K journey over the last 6 years (can you believe it?! 6 years?!) which will be its own blog post soon because sourcing the artwork from all the various shows is proving pretty time-consuming!

But most important is what’s coming happening in 2011 and what exciting stuff still lies ahead.  The trainee piece Shortcuts has already toured to Gauteng and KZN, and in September will take on the Western Cape…that’s after a performance or two in Washington DC on the Artsbridge International Exchange project.  The Conspiracy of Clowns premiered their new piece Kardiàvale in May (maybe you caught it recently at the Intimate Theatre?) and the Conspiracy together with FTH:K, debuts Benchmarks on the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival. Then there’s the Out The Box Festival (look out for Benchmarks, Kardiàvale and Little Jackie Paper), the Hilton Festival, and finally, in November FTH:K’s newest work Masked In-Tensions on at the Intimate Theatre.

Referring to the company as rich, strong misfits, Rob concluded, “The best is yet to come.”

Onwards and upwards to the next 6 years!

For the second time in FTH:K’s history, we are holding auditions for a super-exciting new performance to be presented on the National Arts Festival’s Main Programme in July 2011.  And this one’s for the ladies!

Check it out:

Calling all female clowns, physical performers, mask performers, and others…

Multi-award-winning visual theatre company FTH:K in association with A Conspiracy of Clowns will be auditioning for a young black female performer for the creation and touring of their new show, BENCHMARKS, to premiere on the Main Programme at this year’s National Arts Festival.

BENCHMARKS is a masked, visual, and entirely non-verbal performance.

  • Production title: BENCHMARKS
  • Production Type: Professional
  • Project length: Full-length drama (65mins)
  • Production location: Cape Town/Grahamstown
  • Production Company: A Conspiracy of Clowns in association with FTH:K
  • Company website: /
  • Director: Rob Murray
  • Producers: A Conspiracy of Clowns, FTH:K, and the National Arts Festival
  • Audition Location: Observatory Community Centre, Lower Main Road, Observatory
  • Email:


  • Audition: Thursday 27 January 09:30-14:00

(Please note: the audition will be undertaken in the form of a workshop)

  • Call Backs: week of 31 January (if necessary)
  • Rehearsals Start: 16 May 2011
  • Performance Dates: 2-6 July 2011 (Grahamstown); 11-15 July (TBC); 16-18 September (TBC); theatrical seasons and touring in 2012



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.

Character BIO


A young ZIMBABWEAN REFUGEE has moved to Cape Town to find work and make a new life for herself while sending money back home.  Innocent, optimistic, and slightly naïve but filled with hope, she quickly finds out Cape Town is not the promised land she thought it would be – the locals are fairly hostile towards foreigners, and the recession is tough on everyone.

Special NOTES

As the audition is a workshop, please come dressed in comfortable working clothes. 

Registration starts at 09:30 with the workshop commencing at 10:00.

Prior experience in masked theatre is a distinct advantage, but not vital as training will be undertaken.

Please send a CV to Tanya Surtees at to book your place.

For further details, please call 021 448 2838.

“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