Teatru Malta launched its 2019 programme on Thursday, saying it was aiming to break ties with insularity and move towards “building a theatre ecosystem that has no walls, no artistic limitations, and no structural boundaries”.

Teatru Malta will be using venues across both Malta and Gozo and will also involve a variety of local theatre practitioners and international artists. The programme includes touring street circus performances, monologue masterclasses, and a festival for children.

The next project is a children's opera based on Clare Azzopardi's award-winning children's book Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt directed by Denise Mulholland.

This year’s upcoming season features a new musical theatre piece composed by The New Victorians commemorating the Sette Giugno centenary at Fort St Elmo, Anthony Burgess’s cult classic A Clockwork Orange translated and re-invented for a contemporary teenage audience, and an outdoor stage adaptation of the best-selling novel Pope Joan at the Mdina Ditch.

Teatru Malta also has a number of opportunities lined up for this year with initiatives like the Spazji Teatrali collaboration project, which aims to sustain functional theatre spaces in Malta.

The programme sees the second year of Proġett Klassiċi, an initiative aimed at expanding the publication and performance of well-known classics translated into Maltese. For 2019, Teatru Malta will be producing Eugène Ionesco’s Rinoċeronti under the direction of Michael Fenech and published with a translation by Clare Azzopardi and Dr Albert Gatt along with other publications by Ionesco which will also be translated into Maltese.

Teatru Malta will also be re-visiting a select number of hit shows from 2018 as part of its repertoire.

For more information on the Teatru Malta programme of events for 2019 visit www.teatrumalta.org.mt

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