Our adorable cats are back and this time this opera has been re-imagined into a puppet theatre performance and we need your help to get this going! Same heart warming story, same loveable characters just shaken up a little to give our audiences something new to enjoy together with the help of Sean Briffa!
If you’re interested in children’s theatre and are interested in exploring the world of puppeteering then download our audition call today. Deadline to apply is the 9th of August 2021!
Can you feel the heat? Because we sure can! But that’s not stopping us from covering ourselves up in sunblock and gearing up for the next couple of exciting months ahead of us.
With our new podcast series Teatru Redifjuxin well underway we’ve already interviewed Manwel Dimech Project director Victor Jacono and Nouveau Riche movement director Dorian Mallia. While you patiently wait for our third episode which will be released at the end of July, why not give our last 2 episodes a listen? They’re only about 20 minutes long! Perfect for your morning traffic filled commute.
Manwel Dimech Project auditionee call backs will be auditioning live and in person (can’t believe we’re actually saying this) this July as we get closer to the rehearsal room in anticipation of the show’s big premiere this December. Another audition call will also be released this month, but this time we’re looking for a female puppeteer! That’s right 2019 favourite Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt will be returning very soon and lead by none other than the puppet master himself Sean Briffa. Keep your eyes out for this one because you never know what sort of mischief these cats can get up to when left unattended!
Thank you to all those who applied to form part of the Fidwa tal-Bdiewa research and development team. We can’t wait to get to watch you work with sister duo The New Victorians during this three-day intensive later on this month. There’s nothing like good old creative team work to help overcome the heat, wouldn’t you say? We can’t wait to see what will come of it! We’ll be watching…
Lastly but certainly not least, Teatru Malta have some exciting news, a collaboration with the University of Malta’s Theatre Studies Department to offer a scholarship leading to … drum roll please… a PhD in theatre! The successful candidate will work towards contributing to the documentation and critical analysis of the history of theatrical performance locally. Working under the supervision of Prof. Vicki Ann Cremona and Dr Marco Galea the candidate will have the vibrant department’s impressive record database at their disposal. More information on how to apply will be released in the coming weeks so stay tuned, because the future of our theatre history depends on it!
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Teatru Malta have decided to jump on the podcast bandwagon, and it’s all starting this May! Mark your calendars because TeatruRedifjuxin is coming and we don’t plan on holding anything back in these podcasts. Hosted by Stjanu Debono, our first series will include a number of interviews with the creatives working at the heart of each of our upcoming productions as we follow them through their R&D journeys.
Listen up – because rest assured, we have a lot to say.
Tomorrow we’re back with #TakeOverThursdays and this week one of our very own associate artists will be taking over live from Amsterdam. This artist-curator has also recently acquired his MA in Theatre from Das Theatre and has worked with us on a number of projects…most notably one that involved the song of a bird. You guessed right tomorrow none other than Jimmy Grima will be taking over our socials. Make sure to tune in on our facebook and instagram pages!
That was one cold and busy January! Since getting back to the office our team has been focused on not only opening and closing off applications for Trikki Trakki but also launching Atelier Francis Ebejer, a passion project and joint initiative with Spazju Kreattiv and Teatru Manoel.
We would like to start off by thanking all those who were in attendance for our Atelier Francis Ebejer introductory session last Thursday. It was an absolute pleasure to get to discuss the future of this initiative with our guest speakers, attendees and associate artists who form part of the Atelier’s board together with PCO artistic directors Sean Buhagiar (Teatru Malta), Kenneth Zammit Tabona (Teatru Manoel) and Daniel Azzopardi (Spazju Kreattiv). Derived from its very own definition the Atelier is intended to be a safe space where artists can come together, discuss and create work. The Atelier is yet another offshoot from parent projects Premju and Progett Francis Ebejer. Applications for the Atelier are now open, so if you’re interested in joining our circle then click here to find out more and apply.
An impressive amount of applications came through for this year’s special edition of Trikki Trakki Festival and though we would have loved nothing more than to choose everyone, due to the current restrictions we sadly had to limit the number of chosen participants to ensure the safety of all those involved. The festival will be taking place in March and we’re very excited to see what these children will manage to create together with their directors. Stay tuned to our social media for more updates on their rehearsal process in the run-up to the big festival week.
We are also currently working on a very special Carnival project with Festivals Malta which you’ll find out more about very soon. This week we will also be launching a brand new series on our socials, so make sure that you keep your eyes out for our stories this coming Wednesday.
That’s about it from us for now, but before we leave we’d just like to remind you that more information about the DIY theatre package Alice in Wonderless Land is available online, so if you’re an organisation, school or drama teacher looking to order a doll then click here to find out how to get in touch or read director Sean Buhagiar’s exclusive interview with Metal Magazine to find out more about the ins and outs of this unique project.
Ciao for now.
Teatru Malta has not only recently become a full member of the European Theatre Convention but they also have some serious business up their sleeve for 2021 and it’s starting off with introducing their audiences to their associate artists. The Associate Artist Programme is a new and exciting opportunity for up to 6 artists to collaborate with Teatru Malta and share their knowledge, competences and resources for further developing their own artistic practices and that of their colleagues.
Who made the cut? Well take a look at this video to find out. This year the national theatre company will be working closely with Jimmy Grima, Lee-N Abela, Marta Vella, Paul Portelli, Simon Bartolo and Simone Spiteri, who will all be roped in to share their thoughts and get involved in specific projects that have been lined up for the new year. If we’re going to judge Teatru Malta by the company they’re keeping then let’s just say we’re excited to see what’s in store for the months ahead.
All of the associate artists are well seasoned professionals and practitioners of their craft, from writing to performing to directing all the artists selected have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to any table brimming with creative ideas.
Another project in conjunction with Teatru Malta’s Associate Artist’s programme is Teatru Malta’s revamped Atelier Francis Ebejer in collaboration with Teatru Manoel and Spazju Kreattiv. This project has been brewing for quite a long time and stems from its predecessors Premju & Proġett Francis Ebejer. Now that they’ve closed off their associate artist’s board, the very first Atelier introductory session has taken place and is now open to anyone interested in eventually applying to form part of the Atelier which aims to be a safe space to discuss, debate and produce theatre.
The New Year has rolled in and with it a fresh new start at the drawing board for us at Teatru Malta. First order of business for 2021 was setting up our Associate Artists programme which we launched on New Year’s Day with 6 familiar and established faces working locally and overseas. Simone Spiteri, Paul Portelli, Lee-N Abela, Marta Vella, Jimmy Grima, and Simon Bartolo will be working closely with us on a number of different projects, exploring different possibilities and creating new collaborations as our programme of events for 2021 continues to unfold. WATCH as they wished all of us a happy new year and described their thoughts on becoming associate artists by clicking here…
Our call for applications for our 4th edition of Trikki Trakki Youth Theatre Festival has been extended by a week and will now be closing today at noon! Due to the outpour of interest and considering the precarious circumstances that our educators, parents and students have found themselves in over the past few days we thought it best to give some more time for children to settle in after the Christmas period and apply. If you’re reading this and know of any children that would be the perfect fit for our festival then make sure they apply, they only have a few hours left! The process is simple and extremely straight forward, just follow this link and follow the instructions. This year’s festival, lead by Festival Director Antonella Axisa will be taking place online to ensure everyone’s safety, with all our usual curated theatre making workshops for kids to happen online instead of in person.
Something else that we’ve also been working on is our Atelier Francis Ebejer, a membership scheme, alongside Teatru Manoel and Spazju Kreattiv. The short introductory session for the Atelier will be taking place over zoom on the 28th of January. Interested in finding out more? Then click here to register your attendance for the session today.
Before we sign off don’t forget that Ġulbiena: a Panto in the Dark is currently available on SoundCloud until the end of the month! Make sure to tune in before your time runs out.
See you soon!
Freedom of expression, the clear distinction between the individual and the artist’s persona, as well as the free use of parody and satire, are fundamental elements which each and every society should cherish and promote without any disruption and interference. It is indeed appropriate that the artist, and whomever is involved in the artistic and cultural sector, has the comfort that their freedom of expression in all its forms is never touched or skewed. Arts Council Malta and Teatru Malta maintain, that together with the Government they will continue to ensure that the artists’ fundamental rights are strengthened furthermore in the future, especially since the last couple of years have seen the execution of necessary legal reforms, particularly related to the changes in laws related to the rights of artists and the Media and Defamation Act. We insist that the fundamental rights of the artist continue to be strengthened and defended in the future.
Some thoughts from Audrey Friggieri the Commissioner on Gender-based and Domestic Violence on Alice in Wonderless Land
Alice in Wonderless Land is an emotional experience because it brings to the fore all the injustice that that world deals out to girls and women predominantly, although boys are affected too. This all happens in disguise very often, in alienating ways such as advertising, and as a law of nature, as if inequality and oppression are set in stone. This show is an invitation or an opportunity to reflect on what being a girl means in this world, on the workings of power in society, on the ways in which women are oppressed by dominant forces behind the scenes, and the ways in which women themselves participate in their own oppression due to automatic ways of living and being.
Dominant forces in society tell us all how to be and what to do, what to wish for, what to buy to be cool, what is desirable, what is worthy, beautiful and so on; if we do not fit in this scenario, if we have a different mindset or a different appearance we feel that we are inadequate, doomed. In the absence of a critical attitude – which the system does its best to discourage at all costs, especially via the ubiquitous media – we would all be slaves of the oppressive system, devaluing who we are, relinquishing our power, committing metaphorical (and literal) suicide.
This is an artistic installation as well as a play, because it seeks to involve , move, provoke, even shock the audience into feeling and thinking about what is really going on. It is short but very powerful and would be a wonderful tool for critical thinking and debating in educational settings for older students. It needs preparation, as with any learning resources, for maximum benefit. It also requires reflection afterwards and students should be afforded the space to speak to their counsellor or qualified professionals at school if they need to. This piece can be woven within various subjects on the school curriculum: English, Maltese, Social studies, and PSCD, for example.
For more information on Alice in Wonderless Land please click here