S K A R T
Screemplays edition 2015
jistax jistenna li nibqgħu għal dejjem marbutin miegħu,
naħlu ħajjitna nżommu lilu ħaj, waqt li aħna qed immutu...
Kien jagħtina l-ħelsien!"
was written in 1970, it was originally presented to the then Drama Panel of MTV under
the title of "Presente Cadavere" I recall the extreme
pleasure with which this black comedy was welcomed by the then
Head of Programs,
play called for the staging of a funerary scene in which the old
politician being mourned was supposed to be put on display in the
dilapidated apartment accommodation where he died - an accommodation
which was now up for grabs. In a biting parody of the social and
religious bigotry of the sixties, the whole second act centered on
the mechanizations and schemes which everyone who knew the old man
attempted to come up with in order to capitalize on his death. The
culmination of the intrigue and chaos which ensues is the surrealistic
ending in which the old politician apparently comes back to life...
presume that what seemed unfit to present on local TV in
1970 was the irreverent display of the casket of the
dear departed politician... The religious bigotry which permeates
the play did not make matters any better.
was thus re-written (twice) - omitting the
presence of the offending casket... and the politician who would not
Since the cadavere
was no longer presente, the title was changed to
which in the long run, seemed fitting enough
and was retained when the play was published in 1972.
Spiteri who informed me that MTV would very much like to produce
the play, noting the successful attempt that I had made at creating
drama specifically for the "new" medium of television.
Alas, it eventually
transpired that some modifications might be needed in the ultra
satirical second act after all... because "the nature of the
subject matter represented certain difficulties..."
The play was first broadcast on the
12 th of May, 1971
and was produced by
CHARLES ABELA MIZZI
The cast included:
Mario Philip Azzopardi
Joe Zammit Cordina
Henry Zammit Cordina