Malta’s national theatre company Teatru Malta has just launched the programme of events for 2019, its second official season, and boy are we in for a good year.
The year’s programme (which was presented alongside some unforgettably impressive visuals) features 10 exciting new performances, pieces and events, and includes some familiar names and faces such as author Clare Azzopardi and The New Victorians.
1. An opera for kids about dealing with loss
…through the eyes of a bunch of cats!
Based on the book of Clare Azzopardi, Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt invites audiences young and old to indulge in this melodious interpretation of a story that explores one of children’s greatest fears through the cheerful mediums of puppetry and song.
Qtates ta’ Max-Xatt (Opra għat-tfal)
Directed by Denise Mulholland
23rd and 24th February
2. A youth theatre festival
…that will provide young people the opportunity to create theatre under the guidance and expertise of professional tutors and directors, allowing them to experience working with theatre arts professionals while immersing themselves in the process of creating a theatrical production from scratch.
1st – 6th April
3. A biographical piece based on the life of Colin Willis
…the high commissioner of Australia in Malta, who came for work, fell in love, left his job and stayed on to continue his life passion, theatre.
Colin – A Stroke Of (Bad) Luck
Directed by Simon Sharkey and Nanette Brimmer
9th – 12th May
4. A music-theatre piece on the 1919 Sette Giugno riots
…that tells a historical story through contemporary music, making it sonically current and equally relatable to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Directed by The New Victorians
7th – 10th and 14th-16th June
5. The story of a woman who will stop at nothing to claim her freedom and power
…that brings to life one of the most disputed stories ever told.
Directed by Irene Christ
6th – 12th July
6. A workshop in writing and performing monologues
…led by the first Australian to be honored with a lifetime membership to the prestigious Actors Studio, Stella Pulo.
19th – 28th August
7. An absurd classic performed in Maltese
…that deals with conformism, mass hysteria and alienation amongst other motifs.
Rinoċeronti will also be published with other Eugene Ionesco classics that have been translated to Maltese.
Eugene Ionesco’s ‘Rinoċeronti’
Directed by Michael Fenech
12th – 15th September
8. A series of street installations inspired by a Trevor Zahra short story
…that will most definitely raise the hairs on the back of your head.
But first, the audience will have to find her. Who? You might ask.
Directed by Ruben Zahra
31st October – 3rd November
9. A cult classic book that’s been turned into a film and a play
…and is now being translated into a Maltese play for teens.
Many believe that A Clockwork Orange was written almost entirely during Burgess’s stay in Malta.
Anthony Burgess’s ‘Larinġa Mekkanika’
Directed by Sean Buhagiar
15th – 24th November
10. A pantomime made up of an entirely elderly citizens
…that will include some Malta’s most loved veteran actors. How about that to end the year in style?!
Directed by Josette Ciappara
12th – 15th December