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The Need for a Contemporary Theatre
in this our neutral*, neutered, sterile nation -
          at least as evidenced by our theatres today.

First published as a postscript to the play U L-ANĠLU ĦABBAR

 

 

The need for a contemporary theatre  which reflects a society that is going through the rapid development which our society is going through today -  is so great that it is futile, puerile and simply a huge waste of time to try to get into vague and irrelevant discussions about the form or shape that this drama should take – a relevant drama which for a long time now, has been deprived of the recognition it deserves – just as our (inexistent) Maltese Theatre has been deprived of the support it deserves
 

 
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L-ANĠLU BELLU 
U L-IRĠIEL LI  DAĦLU F'ĦAJJITHA


Intervista tal-awtur minn Mario Azzopardi
IL-MUMENT, 
5 ta'  Novembru l996  

SPEKTRUM 

Teatru Kontemporanju


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ISKRIPT tad-dramm 
Nota dwar l-użu





 

...Because we need a more particular theatre, a theatre with a more direct appeal.

 

This type of relevant drama is not at all a “comfortable” drama – in fact it is decidedly uncomfortable, which perhaps explains the lack of support. It’s a type of drama which does not guarantee its audience a final smile on the lips

And yet, if the audience does laugh, it is the of laughter that comes from having to compensate for the bare, senseless panorama by which we are surrounded, the laughter that seeks to escape the embarrassing scenes (of our lives) that the audience is forced to assist to.  Which is why there are those who find it more comfortable to try and seek what a foreign stage, far away from our shores, has to offer... (contd.)

 



P
OST SCRIPTUM 2016

TEATRU TAL-MISTĦIJA,

TEATRU TAL-BIŻÀ.



Snin wara armajn, ta’ min wieħed jirrevedi dan id-diskors dwar id-drammaturgu Malti?... Kieku jkun tajjeb li meta forsi jinstab xi ħadd li għadu jinteressah f’dana kollu, naraw nistgħux niġbdu xi ftit konklużjonijiet li jitfgħu  ftit dawl, jew tal-anqas jingħata riassunt ta’ kif inbidlu l-affarijiet, jekk inbidlu, mill-punt di vista tad-drammaturgu Malti: kemm remah ’il bogħod jew kemm żvija. Jew kemm drammaturgi sakkru l-kexxun u rmew iċ-ċavetta darba għal dejjem.

Daħla li għamilt għax-xahar ta’ Ġunju (2016) fil-blog tiegħi, forsi tirrefletti tajjeb dawn l-istess sentimenti:

      “Si scrivono ancora commedie, 
        ma con vergogna o con paura”
                                     
 Ruggero Jacobbi

            I was struck by an article in Hystrio (February 2016) by Fabrizio Sebastian Caleffi* which brought to mind an article I wrote some years ago about what eventually became Sunday paper correspondence fodder regarding Dead Playwrights Revisited, a rare moment of introspection for a very limited few about the state of playwrighting and Maltese theatre, at a time when theatre in Malta required the perennial infusion of new blood. That, of course, no longer raises the blood pressure of our new generation of scribes.

As Caleffi puts it: “Cinquantaquattro anni dopo, The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof scotta ancora o ė cotta e, se é cotta, di chi?”

And to quote another volley by Caleffi:

“Quanti fantasmi circondano I’autore drammatico italiano? (...) il fantasma di Pirandello, che schiaccia i suoi continuatori... il fantasma della critica letteraria, col suo disprezzo pel teatro, il fantasma della critica teatrale, con la sua religione della struttura, dell’interesse, del ritmo... il fantasma del provincialismo per i cosmopoliti, il fantasma del bozzettismo per i regionali e i popolareschi... Che fare?”

It would be interesting to elicit a translation (in English or Maltese) which however puts all this in the context of Maltese theatre or theatre in Malta today. And more to the point, in the context of playwrighting in Malta today.

*Fabrizio Sebastian Caleffi, (April/June 2016),
‘Tennessee William Shakespeare’, HYSTRIO (XXIX - 2/2016), p.2
0.

OC. Ġunju 2016
 


U L-ANĠLU ĦABBAR :  More about the play   

L-Ilsien Ħaj tal-Palk  
Intervista,   Joanna Bugeja
"Fuq ix-Xarabank",  3 ta' Novembru, 2003


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