Malta’s theatre community has been having a great run lately, and the momentum seems to be picking up even further with Prickly Pear Productions having nabbed a slot at the prestigous Camden Fringe.
Currently set to take to stage from the 2nd to the 4th of August, Nanna’s Bolognese is a show that tells the story of Nina and her love of books, learning, stories and food (a list of favourites she shares with her nanna).
Nina gets the call to an opportunity she just can’t refuse, and with her creative genius, she crafts a portal that allows her to travel home at the end of every day and share her goings-on with her nanna.
One day, Nina gets some bad news from back home and is left with a tough decision to make.
Nanna’s Bolognese is an original play that alternates between reality and fantasy, childhood and adulthood. The production makes use of clowning, physical theatre, live musical accompaniment and much more.
Rebecca Camilleri will be playing the role of Nina. Rebecca graduated in 2018 with her Masters in Acting from famed Arts Educational School in London – ArtsEd. This will be Rebecca’s second time performing at the Fringe, but more recently she took part in the highly successful local production VII (Sette).
Francesca Fenech, Anton Saliba and Nikki Demajo Albanese make up the rest of the cast and production credits go to Zoe Farrugia and Chantelle Micallef Grimaud (who also wrote the play script).
A story centred on the struggles of migration, the piece also explores the doubts immigrants are faced with.
Delving into the emotional truths one must face in situations of guilt, loneliness and shame, the story touches on a silent stigma against those who can’t always return home.
“Sometimes it takes a journey to find our version of success.”
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The Camden Fringe is a festival focusing on the performing arts and is now in its 14th year. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend for almost a whole month of writing, opera, musicals, comedy, dance, cabaret, poetry, opera, improv and much, much more. Shows take place throughout the day and generally run for about an hour.