POPE JOAN

By Donna Woolfolk Cross / Susanne Felicitas Wolf
Time
9pm
Date
6,7,9,10,11,12 July 2019
Location
Il-Foss tal-Imdina

Teatru Malta teams up with the Malta International Arts Festival to bring you one of the most disputed stories ever told.

A prodigy who chooses to defy all odds is born into a highly conservative male dominated world. She is defiant and determined, secretly learning to read behind her father’s back by disguising herself as a  boy to further her learning at a monastery where she’s accepted as a male monk. Pope Joan tells the story of a woman who will stop at nothing to claim the freedom and power that is rightfully hers, and follows her journey to becoming, as legend has it, the first and only female pope to have ever lived.

This story will be brought to life by a fantastic team of actors, led by seasoned director and dramaturg, Irene Christ. Feminism, gender identity, religion and several other themes are addressed. This is the kind of theatre that fuels discussion and we like discussion.

In partnership with the American Embassy, the German Maltese Circle, Goethe Institute, Malta International Arts Festival, Arts Council Malta, and Restoration Directorate Rehabilitation Projects (RPO)

 

Ticket Info

€ 20 / € 18 (konċessjoni)

Cast & Actors

Maria Buckle: Joan

Faye Paris: Hrotrud (midwife), Richhild, Empress

Antonella Axisa:  Gudrun (Joan’s mother), Theda (Bishop’s lover), Madalgis (sick woman), Ennodia (wife of chief physician in Rome)

Chris Galea: Joan’s Father (village priest), Benedict (brother of Pope Sergius), Flunkey

Peter Galea: Gerold (Joan’s lover)

Mikhail Basmadjian: Arsenius (nobel man in Rome)

Alex Weenik: Anastasius (son of Arsenius):Theodorus (Anastasius’ uncle)

Alan Paris: Aesculapius (teacher), Benjamin (physician), Pope Leo

Joe Despasquale: Bishop (in Dorstadt), Pope Sergius, Daniel (army commander)

Michael Mangion: Odo (head of school), Abbot Rabanus, Emperor Lothar

Stephen Mintoff : Matthew(Joans eldest brother), Messenger (Bishop’s messanger), Gottschalk (monk), Aio, Arsonist

Ileana Cutajar: Young Joan

Julian Zammit: Young Anastasius

Miguel Azzopardi:  John (Joan’s brother)

CHOIR

Capella Sanctae Catharine lead by artistic director: Alex Vella Gregory

 

Production Team

Director: Irene Christ

Novel: Donna Woolfolk Cross

Stage adaptation: Susanne Felicitas Wolf

English translation: Victoria Martin

Production Designer: Joachim Hamster Damm

Head of Music: Alex Vella Gregory

Projections and Photography: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Head of Make Up: Karen Schembri Grima

Production Coordinator: Gabija Kazlauskienė

 

 

Cast & Actors

Maria Buckle: Joan

Faye Paris: Hrotrud (midwife), Richhild, Empress

Antonella Axisa:  Gudrun (Joan’s mother), Theda (Bishop’s lover), Madalgis (sick woman), Ennodia (wife of chief physician in Rome)

Chris Galea: Joan’s Father (village priest), Benedict (brother of Pope Sergius), Flunkey

Peter Galea: Gerold (Joan’s lover)

Mikhail Basmadjian: Arsenius (nobel man in Rome)

Alex Weenik: Anastasius (son of Arsenius):Theodorus (Anastasius’ uncle)

Alan Paris: Aesculapius (teacher), Benjamin (physician), Pope Leo

Joe Despasquale: Bishop (in Dorstadt), Pope Sergius, Daniel (army commander)

Michael Mangion: Odo (head of school), Abbot Rabanus, Emperor Lothar

Stephen Mintoff : Matthew(Joans eldest brother), Messenger (Bishop’s messanger), Gottschalk (monk), Aio, Arsonist

Ileana Cutajar: Young Joan

Julian Zammit: Young Anastasius

Miguel Azzopardi:  John (Joan’s brother)

CHOIR

Capella Sanctae Catharine lead by artistic director: Alex Vella Gregory

 

Production Team

Director: Irene Christ

Novel: Donna Woolfolk Cross

Stage adaptation: Susanne Felicitas Wolf

English translation: Victoria Martin

Production Designer: Joachim Hamster Damm

Head of Music: Alex Vella Gregory

Projections and Photography: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Head of Make Up: Karen Schembri Grima

Production Coordinator: Gabija Kazlauskienė

 

 

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POPE JOAN

Il-Foss tal-Imdina 6,7,9,10,11,12 July 2019