Three standing ovations later, the show is set to return this weekend for three final nights
Malta’s newest contemporary theatre piece celebrating the centenary of the Sette Giugno riots aptly opened last weekend to rave reviews, with critics and audiences praising its visual and theatrical flare following a series of jaw-dropping performances. And judging by some clips from the show shared by Teatru Malta, this is one hype you’re going to need to believe.
VII (Sette), which is actually a collaboration between Teatru Malta, The New Victorians, and a long list of very talented artists, fashion designers, musicians and performers, closed last weekend off with three consecutive standing ovations… and it only gets better when you start reading the reviews.
“One of the most professional pieces of work done locally that I’ve seen in a very long time. You just have to come see it,” Times of Malta reviewer Andre Delicata said
“The way they could bring out our history through physical theatre, song, and dance is amazing and absolutely phenomenal,” one audience member added.
Using contemporary arrangements to bring Malta’s history firmly into the present, VII is part of a new wave of modern musical theatre spurred on by the massive success of America’s Hamilton. And yes, we did just compare it to Hamilton… and we’re not alone!
The use of a contemporary aesthetic has allowed VII to put real tangible people and voices to the men and women we’ve heard in history books and lessons throughout our lives, and people are loving the duality of that achievement.
“It was an amazing piece of work which succeeded, in my opinion, both on a musical level and on its historical accuracy,” Actor Joseph Zammit said of the work.
“If you want to see what the future of Maltese theatre looks like, go watch it,” fellow actor and journalist Philip Leone-Ganado wrote following the explosive weekend. “Vital, wildly inventive storytelling. In a different universe to anything Teatru Malta has produced so far and hopefully a blueprint for that strange beast going forward. This is One of Those.”
“I think it was one of the most professional pieces of work done locally that I’ve seen in a very long time”
The musical stars Jacob Piccinino, Leo Graham, Lee-N Abela, Christian Scicluna, Andrew Sowrey, Matthew Hunt, Jeremy Grech, Nicola Azzopardi, Sandie Von Brockdorff, Rebecca Camilleri, Zoe Camilleri, Julienne Restall, Bettina Cassar and Philippa Cassar.
Beyond the collaboration between Teatru Malta and the The New Victorians themselves, (VII) Sette sees Erin Carter as writer, Simon Bartolo as translator, Luke Azzopardi as costume designer with the support and artistic contribution of camilleriparismode, and Aldo Moretti as set designer. And yes; with a show this amazing, even the stage itself was a spectacular piece of work worth shouting out.
“A production strong enough to get hearts racing and bring audiences to its feet,” Teatru Malta proudly stated on Facebook after opening night. “No matter the nationality or language spoken, this is a show for everyone. This standing ovation is for you.“
VII has its last three shows this weekend on the 14th, 15th and 16th June. Tickets can be purchased here, and we would suggest getting your hands on them ASAP; with reviews like that, they’re going to sell out soon enough!