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OfficeBLOCK closed on Saturday night and after a fantastic run, it was time for a celebration. Opening night catered for a South African and American mix of food that included corn DSCN6935dogs and mielies and mini hamburgers,and popcorn and also sorts of finger-food treats. If you hung around long enough, there were also cream tartlets and mini-pumpkin pies.

For closing night, what was going to be a braai that had both hotdogs and boerewors to again celebrate the Artsbridge journey that OfficeBLOCK would be taking, turned into a bunny chow night: home-made curries, fresh bread, salads and atchar. A solid, filling, tasty meal, that everyone of every diet could enjoy.  There was the option of vegetable curry and meat curry, and an amazing bean and banana salad, all home-made.

YUM!

Often cocktail tomatoes, sliced carrots, little samoosas, tiny chicken wings and meat balls are a safe choice but what can we do to offer our audiences something new and tempting each time?  Do we rather cut the food budget and up the amount of free booze? Or do we continue to fight for the balance between food and drink? What kinds of foods can we arrange that fit out trying budgets, people’s diets and also give our audiences a 5-star welcome? Or will we always be celebrating theatre productions with culinary delights in miniature?

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There have been great efforts made by theatre companies in Cape Town and they should get props. The Baxter Theatre had a huge make-over earlier this year and had an amazing variety of food, with various cold meats, breads, cheeses and jams, and biscuits that came with little tubes of chocolate or almond syrup you could flavour it with. Not to mention the cocktails that could be a little stronger with a wink and a smile to the barman – or so we heard.  The opening of KKNK was another hit: champagne that kept on coming and trays of quiches and skewered chicken being delivered by waiters  continuously. GIPCA gets a note in our books for a wonderful presentation of bread and cheese at the series of talks they held.

Theatre isn’t just about getting a bum on a seat. It’s about the entire experience being given to the patron. Considering that the audience has to drive all the way to your venue (petrol) possibly get someone to babysit the kids (cost), maybe have dinner or drinks with the people they’re with (another cost), purchase a ticket (minor cost), and then tip the car guard, it totals up to more than just the cost of a ticket. The full theatre experience will up the value of your production, ensure that your audiences will return and best of all, tell their friends about it.

To good food and even better theatre experiences: bon appétit!

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Over the last few months, we have lost three FTH:K friends. Allow us to take a moment to remember them.

 Roz van der Vyver

Roz’s life came to a tragic end, and while many will speculate on the way in which she died, we would like to remember the way in which she lived.

Our relationship with Roz goes all the way back to one of the company’s earliest success stories, GUMBO, when it made its entrance into mainstream theatre with a short season at the Baxter in 2008.  Not only was Roz there to celebrate its 100th performance, but the relationship between her and FTH:K continued through a number of other theatre-related engagements and events.  Tanya and Roz also worked together on a project which aimed to turn Bellville Civic Centre into a dedicated theatre space, a project that is on-going and remains evident of her passion and commitment to the theatre industry.  Roz was a warm-hearted, giving spirit, and to her friends and family, we wish you all the love and support through this difficult time.

Roz’s memorial will take place at the Baxter Theatrre, on Friday the 23rd September 2011, at 4pm.

 Graeme Elliot and Ian Hudson

Graeme and Ian were our founding accountants and we were shocked to hear of their passing just months of each other.  They were never too busy to answer questions, and given that we started as a fledgling arts organisation, these questions were many! They were always looking for ways to refine our systems, advise us on how best to move forward,and never looked down on us simply because we were a small arts organisation. Rather, they used our unique situations to adapt systems and structures to best suit us  as artists.

We always considered Graeme and Ian to be part of the FTH:K family for a number of reasons.  They handled some of the most sensitive information that a company has,  helped us understand how to read it and how to use it in our planning, and even attended out AGM’s!  We remain grateful for every moment they spent with us and will never forget the role they played in helping our little company find its financial feet.

Much love and support to their families and friends.

It is only a few days until March. Can you believe it?! Our last season of Pictures of You is now only 10 days passed but it feels like months! I guess that because we so enjoy looking towards to next big thing, the next exciting project, the next performance, the next tour….and dang, do we have a lot to look forward to

But before we get into all of that, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the run of Pictures of You, what some of our audience members thought of the show, and how how much our Opening Night rocked! We were thrilled to have a number of VIP’s there, from Premier Helen Zille, to MP Denise Robinson, to Mr & Mrs Nathan Holt of the USA Consulate General, to creative genius Lara Foot, to kick-ass theatre maestro Andrew Buckland, to controversial playwright Peter Septem…I mean, Mike van Graan, to FTH:K’s Executive Committee members, Advisory Board members, Development Committee members, to our wonderful media people, to…We’ll stop the list now lest we are accused of talking too much.  Heaven forbid!  Anyway, thanks to the outstanding photography of Sam Reinders, if you weren’t actually at the Opening Night, you can enjoy it here on our humble blog and by the time you’ve got through the pics, it’ll feel like you were there!

Of course, our Opening Nights are generally full of smiles and happy people, not only because we throw great Opening Nights, but also because they usually include FTH:K supporters.  those who have already drunk the FTH:K Cool Aid, so to speak.  So how about hearing from audience members who came to watch the show throughout the run, and were moved to leave comments on our wall. 

Many comments were short and to-the-point, like: C’est Magnifique!!, Mind – blowing, BRILLIANT, WOW!, Amazing, Poetic, Intriguing!!, Poignant!, Deeply moving, Awesome & ingenious, Beautiful, Haunting, Remarkable!!, Magical and inspirational!!, Beautiful visual storytelling, Pictures of awesomeness, and (an FTH:K favourite) Freaking sick!  But there were also comments that were longer and spoke of deeper responses to the performance:

  • I have no idea or words to explain what I just witnessed. Phenomenal!!
  • Riveting theatre, quite remarkable performers. Brilliant portrayal of theatre @ its best
  • Never saw better stuff (listened with my heart)
  • I loved every minute! You have taught me so much in that 1 hour, will never forget!
  • Mind boggling, captivating & enthralling!!! Brilliant stuff
  • Brilliant. Excellent performance. We had to use our heads and hearts
  • Oh, oh, oh! I wanted to come and see this show for such a longs time and now finally…WOW- Amazing!
  • Why not? Let’s never let your dream go away! I believe!
  • Pictures of You, Pictures of Me?
  • So close to home. Thank you for portraying something so real
  • You make us keep coming back again and again. Thank you!
  • A ride of anxiety, tension, laughter – brilliance and power without words
  • You guys rock my world!

And then the comments that wow us most – for obvious reasons:

  • Even better than the first time!
  • Second time around. Love It!!!
  • Excellent!!! For the second time
  • 2nd time – still compelling…hear a pin drop STUFF
  • Amazing! Seen it before and coming to see it again! Deeply moving! LOVELY!
  • Beautiful – this is my second time and my friends third!
  • 4th Viewing…and just as brilliant as before

So, to everyone who came to support us once, twice, three times a lady, know that FTH:K is giving you great waving hands of gratitude!  We know that without people who want to see what we do, we would amount to very little.  We look forward to seeing you again in the theatre…