World Theatre Day 2023: Celebrate It With These Five Incredible Productions In Malta
Today marks World Theatre Day, which is celebrated every year on 27th March, commemorating the art practice and all that makes it what it is.
The day was first observed in 1969, by the International Theatre Institute. On this day, theatre is celebrated so as to promote it, and to increase the general public’s understanding of the importance of this art form, in society.
Theatre holds the power to entertain, teach, and change the way both the performers, and the audience frames their lives.
”It is our mission, as playwrights, the bearers of the torch of enlightenment, since the first appearance of the first actor on the first stage, to be at the forefront of confronting everything that is ugly, bloody, and inhuman. We confront it with everything that is beautiful, pure, and human,” Samiha Ayoub, a famous Egyptian actress, expresses in her statement for the International Theatre Institute.
The theme this year is ‘Theatre and a Culture of Peace’.
”The conflicts and tensions the world is witnessing exceeded the limits of logical perception and created, amidst this apparent convergence, a fundamental divergence that distances us from the true essence of humanity in its simplest form,” Ayoub expressed.
The theatre is a place to not only escape life but to simultaneously get in touch with it and the world, ”I am not exaggerating when I say that what we do on stage is the act of life itself and generating it from nothingness”.
Here are five upcoming theatre productions you don’t want to miss:
1. Fit-3PM: 31st March – 8th April
Produced and directed by Joseph Galea and Carlos Farrugia, will be performed at Spazju Kreattiv.
2. A Ritual of Smoke and Mirrors: 31st March – 2nd April
The Chewing Productions show will explore themes of identity, hypocrisy, connection, and communication in the social media age, and will be performed at Kwinti Studjows in Pietà.
3. Alice In Bormla: 14th – 16th April
This year’s KSU (Kunsill Studenti Universitarji) Student’s Fest will showcase the story of Alice In Wonderland, but with a Maltese twist! You definitely do not want to miss this one.
4. Għanqbut f’Moħħha: 14th – 16th April
Directed by Tyrone Grima, Għanqbut f’Moħħha, will be performed at the Valletta Campus Theatre. This show will explore Isabel’s, the protagonist’s, family secrets and mysteries.
5. CHAIR: 21st-23rd, 28th – 30th April
Edward Bond’s CHAIR will present an apocalyptic future, ”it is a future where humanity becomes a product and life becomes a new version of Auschwitz. And what difference can a chair make in such a future?”
Grab your closest friends, or your family and book your tickets for these upcoming productions to support local artists, and to be entertained for the night, as well as to learn something new.
How will you be celebrating World Theatre Day?