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Cutting-Edge Maltese Theatre Production Company Behind Controversial Stitching Is Closing Its Doors

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Unifaun, the theatre production house behind controversial productions like ‘Stitching,’, is closing its doors, the group have announced.

“Until further notice, Unifaun is hanging up its boots. It’s been a great ride and I would like to thank everyone who worked with us and who came to see our shows,” Adrian Buckle wrote on social media.

The theatre production company rose to prominence after producing cutting-edge pieces that challenged the status quo, most notably with Stitching. Initially meant to debut in February 2009, the production company found itself embroiled in a legal battle with the Maltese government who had deemed it breached public decency by swearing…even if as part of a play.

A European court would rule in their favour, with the play finally being staged in Malta in 2018.

Beyond Stitching, Unifaun produced Sarah Kane’s ‘Blasted’ in the early 2000s and premiered a new play by Edward Bond a few years ago, among others. Most recently they held a performance of Macbeth.

“I think we fulfilled our motives in that we changed the way theatre is conceived in Malta and also helped change certain restrictive laws,” Buckle said.

Teasing that Unifaun would consider coming out of retirement for the right project, Bickle said it was the right time to open up space for young practitioners of theatre.

READ NEXT: Stitching It Together: A Look At The Return Of A Play That’s Been Banned For A Decade

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