Posts Tagged ‘QUACK!’


Champagne glassesSo, you know us as a theatre company, right?  As a damn fine theatre company no less.  Right??  Right.  But that doesn’t mean that we don’t do other stuff as well that is linked with the awesome theatre that we make.  Enter Mingles Night.

Given that we believe that going to the theatre should be a social event (as well as mental, visual and emotional stimulation, of course) we devised an evening including theatre, champagne and speed dating.  And single people, of course!  You may remember that we held our first Mingles Night in February during our run of Pictures of You at the Baxter Theatre, in preparation for the impending Valentine’s Day.  Well, we’ve developed it, tweaked it, and made it even better, and on Friday 13th November, alongside our run of QUACK!, we will be holding our second Mingles Night – and it’s going to be a lot of fun!

The evening will include drinks, snacks and great theatre, and of course, Speed Dating – in a more formalised form to last time.  Thanks everyone who gave us feedback from the last event!

Now, you may not be single but we can bet you have friends who are, so tell them, spread the word, because the more people we have, the more chance there is of meeting someone you might want to see more of.

There are only 70 tickets in total up for sale, 35 male/female, and once they are sold, they are sold.  So if you know you want to be there, book soonest!  All tickets are priced at R70 and the event will run as below:

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Registration, drinks and snacks
7:00 – 7:30 pm: Meet & Greet
7:45 – 8:45 pm: QUACK!
9:00 – 10:00 pm: Speed Dating

To get an idea of who will be there (gender, age etc) please let us know if you are planning to come and how many people you will be bringing. All bookings to be made through the FTH:K office on 021 – 448 2838 or


…is that FTH:K rocks!!  Ok, I may be a little biased there BUT the work we are making is obviously doing something right.  Pictures of You is playing to sold-out houses and now QUACK! is following suit.  It’s awesome!!Pictures of You - Frank and Janet in bed

On Pictures of You, CUE writes: “This is a powerfully intense drama…Sound and light are ingeniously exploited to create the atmosphere which kept the audience spellbound by a gripping display of incredible acting for more than an hour.  This team are experienced entertainers, and a must see for all festinos.” and calls the show “captivating…whimsical…a dainty delicacy, to be cradled, adored, and treasured”. Click here to see the additional plug in the Argus Tonight!

And if you didn’t get a chance to see it in Grahamstown, don’t panic!  You can catch it at the Witness Hilton Arts Festival in September.

Q official pic long QUACK! is making waves too, also playing to sold-out houses.  It might not be perfect but it is capturing imaginations and everyone seems to agree that it is heading for great things.

CUE says: “A new offering from Khulumakahle – and another success.  Join the talented performers in an afro-noir story which requires no words, and start to listen with your eyes as the physical vocabulary and soundscape capture your imagination.  This is fresh, exciting theatre – different from anything you’ve seen before.”

Click here to read the festival review on ARTSblog, and don’t forget to check the Conspiracy Blog for more Festival updates.

So, now, aren’t you glad you know us?!

Just a quick post to tell you to have a look at the Conspiracy blog to see how the FTH:K team is doing at the National Arts Festival.  Our best pre-show ticket sales ever!

In a session with Michael yesterday, we were talking about artistic programming and the current state of the arts in the States.  Of course we were.  These are two of his favourite topics.  It’s hard to pick out the “important” points that he makes when he talks because a) they all feed into each other in a most frustratingly symbiotic way, and b) he’s just so damn knowledgeable!!  Anyway, one of the things he said was that many smaller arts organisations are responding to current tough times in the US by reverting to more conservative artistic programming.  Stuff that audiences know and trust.  He sees this as problematic for a number of reasons, one of them being that a smaller organisation putting on Cats is generally not going to be able to compete with a larger organisation putting on the same (kind of) show.  Also, if an experimental theatre group decides to put on a more traditional piece in order to get more bums on seats, chances are they won’t do a particularly good job of it because that’s not what they specialise in.  Let alone the fact that they will disappoint their regular crowd, potentially resulting in even smaller houses.

Makes sense so far.

Then we moved onto a Marketing session with David who was taking us through the year that the Kennedy Center has had since us Summer Fellows were last here, and he noted that at the moment, US ticket-buying seems to be such: people know what they want to see and will only go and see that.  So some shows are doing exceptionally well, while others are doing really badly.  The in-between buyer, the one who is not 100% percent sure that they will enjoy a certain show but buy a ticket anyway, is hibernating.  So tickets are selling for the “sure thing” not the “maybe”. 


At first glance, these two comments seem to be contradictory.  On one hand, we are being encouraged not to go for more conservative programming while on the other hand, we are being told that the shows that are selling are the “sure thing”.  (Add to this the fact that FTH:K‘s most recent piece, QUACK!, has to be one of our most experimental yet!) 

So I  mull over this apparent contradiction, trying to work out how these points co-exist and where FTH:K falls into it all.  And I have a moment of clarity.  (Yes, imagine that.)  I realise that Michael is not saying that we should all be making crazy-ass work that explores the inner psychology of chewing gum and that no one understands.  He’s just saying: stand out!  Of all the times to be noticed,  it’s now: when the pie is smaller but the number of people wanting a piece of it hasn’t reduced any.  He’s saying, be noticeably sexier than the rest of the organisations competing for your audience members (and funders).  And David, in his infinite wisdom, is chiming in saying, be the sure thing!  Be the organisation that people know they will have a good experience with, be it conservative or experimental.  There’s an audience for everything, after all.  Just make sure that when your audience is deciding on which piece of conservative/experimental theatre to see tonight, you’re the obvious choice.

When I grow up, I want to be Michael Kitto-Mattson.

Indeed.  It is possible.

For the next 2 weeks, the FTH:K blog is going to appear to be a little schizophrenic.  Why?  Because the Company is in two different (and equally important) places right now, proving once more that we can multi-task like the best of them.  The Artistic Team, including our Deaf Scholar-Trainees, is at the National Arts Festival getting ready to present both QUACK! and Pictures of You, while FTH:K’s Company Manager is in Washington DC beginning the second phase of her three-year International Summer Fellowship initiated by Kennedy Center Director, Michael Kaiser.  This means that there will be posts from both Grahamstown, South Africa, and Washington DC, USA being uploaded to this blog at varying intervals.  And I guess it may as well be said that if the post deals with the National Arts Festival, you can be sure that the author is FTH:K’s Artistic Director, Rob Murray; while if it is about the Kennedy Center programme, it is FTH:K’s Company Manager, Tanya Surtees, who is at the keyboard.

There.  That should help a little.



Check out the evolution of the QUACK! poster on the Conspiracy site.  It’s awesome!