In light of Pia Zammit being accused of harbouring Nazi ideals after a photo emerged of her backstage during a 2009 theatre production of ‘Allo ‘Allo holding a swastika abreast, a movement has begun online with an aim to reappropriate the roles they once cherished.
#ImAnActor has spread like wildfire across local theatre communities in the last 24 hours, with local actors and actresses banding in an attempt to digest the shocking (and fourth round of) accusations made against Malta’s self-crowned diva.
And guess what? They’re working.
The movement sees local artists sarcastically announce that they’re anything from teapots to Jamaican voodoo priestesses, and if that sounds ridiculous, well, point made.
Meet Malta’s very sad, but very surreal, clown:
SURPRISE! I'm actually a suicidal clown lurking around questionable theme park rides.No I'm not! #imanactorPia Zammit #ittorca
And this totally real, totally wicked witch of the west divisions:
SURPRISE! I'm actually a wicked witch waiting to turn people into frogs.No I'm not! #imanactorPia Zammit #ittorca
Polly, from Polly’s Bar on old Strait Street, still alive and kicking and rocking her fabulous microphone:
Get a load of this Jamaican voodoo priestess:
Or this little teapot, short and stout:
And at least this little piggie came home from the market:
Art imitates life and all that. But the truth is, I am not a pig… #ImAnActor 🐷 🎭 Dedicated to my hero Pia Zammit#iamapiggiesometimes
With Cats seeing a live-action revival as well, we hope this Maltese actress was part of the auditions:
Hey Torca… I’m a cat… hold on actually, a couple of years ago I was also a nun… and in that same year I happened…
If all else fails, she can always take to haunting the streets of Valletta at night in search of ripe necks to feast on.
Speaking of vampires, here’s Malta’s own Dracula claiming his throne:
#ImAnActor by night I am a blood sucking neck breaking vampire it-Torca Pia Zammit
If need be, we can always call on the lovechild of Hitler and Stalin to save us:
How remiss of me It-Torca for leaving the best till last.#ImAnActor but what am I performing? Am I pretending to be a…
When she isn’t going on dates with Malta’s fabulous go-to Dame, Malcolm Galea:
#ImAnActorThere's me on a date with Malcolm Galea…not.He's happily married with 2 gorgeous children.We were…ACTING it-TorcaPia Zammit
Or we could always join the conspiring with this group of strapping, tight-laden, lads:
Xejn. I’m a one-eyed conspiratorial schemer wearing tights. #torċablabajd #actorswillbe Pia Zammit solidarity with the Pea.
Gosh, perhaps this performer has a case of the splits:
Regardless of who (or what) these people really are, their art is the fine line between what pushes boundaries and what pushed them in the first place.
A line that isn’t crossed, and is instead honoured through the performer’s perception of a character. Also, can we just applaud the local talent we’ve just been showcased thanks to one little slip-up on a Sunday afternoon?