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Playful show for deaf kids

2015-05-12 15:03

YOUNG minds in KwaZulu-Natal will be ­captivated by a new production by ­award-winning theatre company FTHK.

The company, which is currently on its 2015 National Schools tour, will be presenting the What Goes UP …, to deaf children aged between four and seven years old at schools in Durban and on the coast.

In addition, the actors will be hosting play and feedback sessions with pupils to get them to engage in the joy of theatre.

“What Goes UP… is a playful, gentle and explorative production devised to capture the imagination of young pupils,” says director Jayne Batzofin. “The costumes will captivate, the puppets enchant and the story will allowpupils the opportunity to connect with their emotions of how they experience their worlds.

“Through the medium of theatre, we hope to allow deaf children to have a different source of stimulation and allow variety into how they receive SASL in their formative years.”

Batzofin performs in the play with Iman Isaacs, who was recently seen in the film City of Violence with Orlando Bloom.

Costumes are designed and created by Jori Snell, with the set design a collaboration between Snell and Batzofin.

“By engaging with younger pupils, we hope to instil in them a sense of wonder and curiosity by playing through theatre,” says FTHK chief executive Ana Lemmer. “Non-verbal theatre has the ability to reach beyond barriers of language and sound to open up entire new worlds especially for deaf performers and audience members.

“By facilitating play sessions, we hope to inspire, educate, fascinate and build confidence in the pupils, and raise their interest in theatre as a medium of expression.”

The play will be staged today and tomorrow at KwaThintwa School for the Deaf, Durban; on May 14 at Orphan Aid in Hillcrest; on May 15 at the Durban School for the Hearing Impaired in Amanzimtoti; on May 16 at the Malvern Children’s Home; from May 18 to 20 at the Fulton School for the Deaf, Gillitts; on May 21 at the VN Naik School for the Deaf in Indana Road, Durban; on May 22 at St Martin de Porres School for the Deaf in Port Shepstone; on May 23 at St Thomas’ Home for Children in Sydenham; and at Kwa Vulindlebe School for the Deaf from May 25 to 27.

Inquiries: Ana Lemmer on or visit — Arts Editor

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