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The author’s MANIFESTO, which was first published in 1972
with the collection of plays “4 DRAMMI"

"This first collection of plays which were written between 1968 and 1970, consists of plays written for radio, television and stage. Dramatic works are not meant to be just read  -  to achieve their aim they must read an audience. However, there used to be a time when I used to write with great eagerness and this creative effort itself gave me satisfaction enough. Sadly however I soon realised that this temporary personal satisfaction  was not enough. The audience always remains the raison d’etre of any dramatic work. But where is this appreciative Maltese audience, ready to criticise or appreciate? It is true that many are those who go to the theatre with an “Enjoy yourself – go to the teatrin!” mentality, a mentality that is in itself wrong. Where is this appreciative audience then? It definitely is not that comfortable, self-satisfied crowd resting easy in their seats waiting for the curtains to open on a teatrin! So where is it, this audience? And the critics?... And all those that are supposed to be there to encourage the arts in all its manifestations?... (Where are they?) The failings of drama in Malta are countless.THE MALTESE STAGE DOES NOT EXIST – it does not exist because we do not want to recognise these failings. So why should I write for the stage? Why did I write the plays which are collected in this anthology? I wish I knew.... Once they have been written, I now pass them on to the readers in the hope that somebody, someday might ask “ Why shouldn’t we have a Maltese Theatre”?"

                                                                                                                                                                   OC  (1972)



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