The CATS are out of the bag!

The cat’s out of the bag! Teatru Malta are ecstatic to be opening their 2019 programme with the highly anticipated children’s opera Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt on the 23rd and 24th of February. This magical piece is an adaptation of the much-loved children’s book by Maltese author Clare Azzopardi, directed by Denise Mulholland and composed by Euchar Gravina. The opera, suitable for children aged between 8 and 10 will be held at the historic Maritime Museum in Birgu.

This heartwarming story treats the sensitive subject of loss through the eyes of a group of singing stray cats who struggle to come to terms with the ‘disappearance’’ of two of the most important people in their life; nanna and nannu. Audiences, young and old are invited 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. Puppetry you say? Yes! The cats will be played by opera favourites like Clare Ghigo, Ruth Sammut Casingena, Francesca Aquilina, Sean Borg and Louis Andrew Cassar but they won’t be the only ones stealing the show because the cats are actually puppets made by the talented Matthew Pandolfino. Nanna and Nannu will be interpreted by Ruth Sammut Casingena who will be doubling as Pippistrell the cat and Nanna while Jean Pierre Busuttil will be interpreting the role of Nannu.

Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt is a collaborative work in partnership with Arts Council Malta, Festivals Malta,  the Three Palaces Festival, Culture Pass Malta, The Ministry for Education and Employment, LESA and Heritage Malta. To book your tickets or for more information on this playful piece visit or call 21220255 for more information!