Posts Tagged ‘GUMBO’

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.

Swine flu

Posted: May 6, 2009 in GUMBO
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We’d just like to state for the record that the man being treated for potential Swine Flu in a Cape Town hospital was not a member of the GUMBO cast, and the rest of the team is feeling perfectly normal…despite what our last salvaged pictures may suggest…

Don't cry for us, Argentina

If you want to read more about the guy who also just returned from Argentina, and who is being isolated in a Cape Town hospital (as a precaution), click here.  Hopefully, it’s just a case of good old human flu!


Posted: May 1, 2009 in GUMBO
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So, on our last day, after being so so so careful with our stuff during our stay in BA (the theft in the streets is pretty much in the same league as SA), some Argie @#$&%&@$% (nasty person) stole a bag out from between the 5 of us while we were calling  taxi.  Literally.  In the time it took for Ugli to hail a cab, the bag disappeared, and no one saw a thing.  It may as well have been beamed up by Scottie.  And in the bag was the company laptop, with ALL the Argie pics – thank goodness for this blog which has saved some – and Tanya’s passport.  So instead of proceeding to the Festival Wrap Up session and awesome lunch, Tink and Ugli had to visit 2 police stations and get the South African Embassy to open up specially in order to get an Emergency Passport to come home.  Super.  Beats a nice lunch any time!!

But as angry and as upset as we all got about this theft, our visit to the first police station gave us some perspective: unlike the couple in front of us in the queue, we were not drugged while out at a bar and robbed of passport, money, camera etc etc.  Seriously.  I’m not making this stuff up.  No one was hurt in the taking of the bag.  The camera was not in the bag, and neither was Tanya’s wallet or green ID book – or there would have been no Emergency Passport that day.  There was no money, no newly-bought stuff, no one else’s passport or papers.  And there was enough time before the flight to get everything sorted out.  Had we been on our way to the airport, Tanya would still be in BA now!  So, some perspective.  Also lucky is that Tanya backs up her emails pretty regularly so she’ll only be missing emails from the past 3 weeks or so.  And in the upgrading of the RAM on the lap top 3 weeks ago, she backed up all her information, so the Company will only have lost a few bits and pieces.  Small mercies…stinky Argies…

Dang, it’s good to be home!

Homage to GUMBO

Posted: May 1, 2009 in GUMBO
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In homage to the final show of GUMBO, lovely photographer Clare Thomas (who’d been capturing Proyecto 34°S) put together this clip in Buenos Aires. Thanks, lady guy – you rock!

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!


Posted: April 27, 2009 in GUMBO
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We’ve taking you through the insane day of Wild Translations which was the theme for our Lecture-Demonstrations.  Our workshops (2 X 3-hour workshops with the same group of people) were fantastic, and while the numbers were quite small, the people who came were keen, focused and engaging.  The workshop we presented was called Listen With Your Eyes and it looked at FTH:K’s developing approach to creating and performing work that is highly visual, devised, non-verbal, and thus truly accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences and performers. We believe that this stems from an observation of the space between people, a manipulation of tension and rhythm to create highly charged meaning, and above all, a commitment to play.  Check it out!


Here are a few pics of airports, transits and a few pretty excited clowns arriving in BA!  By the way, if you ever get the chance to fly Malaysian Airlines, do it!  They rock!


Very cool hostel right in the middle of Buenos Aires CBD.  We have one wing of the top floor all to ourselves (but don’t let the word “wing” fool you – it’s not that big!) as well as a kitchen and one bathroom to share between us all.  We are right next door to a theatre playing El Phantasma de la Opera – yip, it’s a HUGE theatre – and across the way there seems to be some kind of naughty-tango-sex-show thing with all the theatre doors blacked out and only men exiting after the show!  But clearly a BIG budget production!  Go figure.  When they said tango was big in Buenos Aires, we had no idea…