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The Jew of Malta

Tragedy and Comedy Meet at the Teatru Manoel. A Catholic, a Jew and a Muslim meet in an exciting evening full of intrigue and double-dealing, as the Teatru Manoel welcomes The Jew of Malta for the very first time! We spoke to Antony Edridge, who will play the role of Ferneze in the ‘Elizabethan rollercoaster’ of a play, penned by the greatest of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Christopher Marlowe. The seasoned actor shares his experience within the Maltese theatre scene, ahead of the MADC and Teatru Manoel’s upcoming co-production. What attracted you to the Maltese Islands? Two years ago I was...

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Watch Two of Malta’s Top Musicians Come Together in a Celebration of Music

On 3 October, Maltese tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his musical career in an unforgettable concert in St George’s Square, Valletta. For one night only, he will be joined on stage by pop sensation Ira Losco and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra to spread positivity and awareness through music. With preparations well underway, we spoke to the celebrated British conductor, Mro Philip Walsh – who has worked with the wonderful French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and American jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater – before he conducts the celebrated MPO on this special evening. The Maestro...

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Want to Get Your Kids into Sport in Malta?

In this day and age, children often spend a lot of their free-time online – watching videos, playing games and chatting with friends – at the expense of their development. In an effort to encourage an active lifestyle for our future generations, the brand-new initiative, SportsKidz, has launched a unique programme in Malta, open to all children between the ages of three and 16. So, if you’re looking for an after-school or weekend activity that will keep your child active and interested, then look no further… Offering a mixture of individual sports, team-sports and team-building activities, SportKidz is a...

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Stitching – Catch This Law-Changing Play

Theatre fanatics and newcomers are in for a treat this September, as the award-winning play, Stitching, will finally be staged at the Teatru Manoel Studio Theatre, following almost a decade-long battle against censorship. Here we spoke to Anthony Neilson, author of the previously-banned play, about this welcomed move towards freedom of expression in the local arts scene, and he shared an uplifting message for writers based in Malta. How would you describe your career as a playwright? I’m not sure I think of myself as a playwright exactly. I create most of my shows in rehearsal with actors, so...

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The Maltese-Language Play Tebut Isfar

Clare Azzopardi is an award-winning writer who’s passion for the Maltese language has proved that Maltese works can attract wider audiences. Having devoted much of her time to promoting Maltese literature abroad, she has also had her own stories translated and published overseas. Yet, she admits that – if she could tell her younger self one thing – it would be to wait before publishing all the things she wrote. Her upcoming play – the dark, humorous and eccentric Tebut Isfar – will be performed at the Valletta Campus Theatre, this October. So, before moving on to her next...

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