Performing Arts

The 2021 | 2022 theatre season was filled to the brim with exciting new writings, restaged productions and a taste of international theatre. 

In total, six writers were engaged to create four new pieces of writing. Spazju Kreattiv’s theatre season opened last October with the much-anticipated play Taralalla penned by award-winning writer Lara Calleja. Taralalla, a commissioned play by Spazju Kreattiv, which had to be postponed from earlier in the year due to Covid, delved into themes of tradition, death and nostalgia, interlaced with the emotions of hope, anger and humanity. 

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Simone Spiteri, Lara Calleja and Chiara Hyzler were commissioned to write three monologues based on female human stories in the face of misogyny, and ageism, and getting to know about what it means to ‘come out’. Her Say treated real stories not often talked about in local theatre, not just for women, but for anyone with an interest in the human psyche and relationships in our world. Produced and directed by Charlotte Grech, this commission was headlined by actors Monica Attard, Michela Farrugia and Angele Galea. 

And lastly, Aleks Farrugia was commissioned to write a play titled Ġiraffa Ħarbet minn Kastilja which formally closed the theatre season commissions for Spazju Kreattiv this year. Directed by Daniel Azzopardi, the political satire delved deep into what constitutes Malta’s national identity, the mechanics of public perception and the systematic dispersion of news. 

The performing arts programme also saw a number of collaborations; with Opening Doors, Is-Siġra tat-Tin staged in November and in May, brought to the forefront the potential of having a  mixed ability ensemble. 

In February, in collaboration with TakeTwo – led by Carlos Debattista and Abigail Mallia – the book Castillo by Clare Azzopardi was adapted to the stage. With its premiere sold out, this production delved into Malta’s recent political turmoil by intermeshing past and present timelines, revealing a pointed reflection on Maltese society through the protagonist’s personal journey.

A project in collaboration with Studio 18 and commissioned by Aġenzija ŻgħaŻagħ was devised for Sixth Forms. In total, Thirst Trap toured five colleges  around Malta and Gozo, and followed up with workshops on the themes tackled in this production. The culmination of this tour ended in a private performance at Spazju Kreattiv with all the respective stakeholders. 

Following its tour in the United Kingdom, the internationally acclaimed The Nobodies, winner of the Premju għall-Arti for Best International Achievement and other UK awards, made its way to Malta under the direction of Vikesh Godhwani and produced by Chalk Line Theatre Company. Set in a northern town in the UK, where the economic crisis is heavily affecting the community’s quality of life, the play asks if the end justifies the means, where the lines are drawn, and what it takes to enact real change, Later, throughout the year, we saw other productions make their way into our theatre including the staging of Stef Smith’s Girl in the Machine, directed Michael Richardson, with a script set in a dystopian reality which explores our potential digital future, and what it might mean for ‘life’ as we know it . 

During the Carnival months, in collaboration with Festivals Malta, saw the staging for the first time of Il-Qarċilla in the intimate theatre of Spazju Kreattiv. During Easter, following a postponement of two years due to the pandemic, the awaited production of VARI by Trevor Zahra saw its opening to full houses . 

Long-term collaborations with the creative teams of MalTease and Adult Panto continued with renewed versions of their annual productions. Later in the season,  Malcolm Galea starred in the restaging of his work 0.0031% before its run at the Brighton Fringe where it got the Brighton Fringe Best Newcomer Award.

As apart of the strategy to engage new audiences, Spazju Kreattiv programmed the reruns of the popular Rediffusion Jippreżenta… and Il-Klus ta’ Klews which were well attended by residents in elderly homes and elderly people from community centres in Malta and Gozo.  

As part of the organisation’s remit to nurture new people, this season saw the start of a mentorship programme in collaboration with Studio 18, which saw 7 participants receiving tutorship in theatre production aspects by professionals while also be part of a number of projects programmed as part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme. 






Taħdita Teatru

TitleStart DateEnd DateNumber of PerformancesLanguage Venue/sCreative TeamCollaborators
The Nobodies2021-09-13 00:00:002021-09-19 00:00:006EnglishTheatreCast: David Angland, Lucy Simpson, Joseph Reed
Produced by Chalk Line Theatre
Written by Amy Guyler
Co-directed by Sam Edmunds and Vikesh Godhwani
Designed by Becca White
Sound Design by Mekel Edwards
Lighting Design by Alan Walden
Arts Council England, COMMON, Pleasance Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, The New Diorama and The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Is-Siġra tat-Tin2021-09-27 00:00:002021-10-03 00:00:003N/ATheatreDirector: Toni Attard
Author: Simone Spiteri in collaboration with artists from Opening Doors
Performers: Cheyenne Aquilina, Caroline Bajada, Angela Bettoni, Sharon Bezzina, Denise Camilleri, Kurt Castillo, Peter Fenech, Benjamin Grech, Sarah Micallef, Jacob Piccinino, Justin Spiteri & Mark Zammit Cutajar
Production coordinator, props and assistant stage manager: Anne Marie Camilleri
Scenography: Romualdo Moretti
Lights design: Chris Gatt
Sound design: Michael Quinton
Stage Manager: Annalisa Schembri
Set Construction: Claudio Apap
Production: Opening Doors Association
Arts Council Malta, Culture Venture, Opening Doors, University of Malta, AMASS, Udjenza, The Farsons Foundation
Eyes to Argus – ‘in habit’ | Live2021-10-08 00:00:002021-10-09 00:00:002N/ATheatreSamwel Mallia (Bandmember, Design Consultant)
Ben Mifsud Joslin (Bandmember, Content Consultant)
Samuel Attard (Bandmember, Sound Consultant)
Robert Farrugia (Bandmember, Networking Consultant)
Toni Gialanze (Stage and Lights Design + Operator)
Sergio Costa (Soundman)
Aidan Somers (Opening Act, Solo)
Owen Caruana (Opening Act, Bennie Blue)
Andrew Debono (Opening Act, Bennie Blue)
Daniel Ellul (Opening Act, Bennie Blue)
Hadrien Meilleur (Opening Act, Bennie Blue)
Taralalla2021-10-25 00:00:002021-11-07 00:00:007MalteseTheatreScript: Lara Calleja
Director: Lee-N Abela
Performers: Christopher Spiteri, Toni Busuttil, Lilian Pace Vassallo, Sarah Camilleri, Clive Piscopo & Mark Laurence Zammit
Set Design: Romualdo Moretti
Set Construction: Claudio Apap
Sound Design: Michael Quinton
Light Design: Christopher Gatt
Production Manager: Steve Cilia
ASM: Noelle Borg
MPO Concert 12021-10-27 00:00:001N/AStudio BJenny Melville: Oboe & Cor Anglais
Inmaculada Muñoz Salgüero: Violin
Mateusz Kùzma: Viola
Yaroslav Miklukho: Cello
Julia Miller: Piano
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Brodu – Bambinella2021-11-12 00:00:002021-11-14 00:00:004N/ATheatreBrodu: Mark Abela, Andrew Micallef, Chris Mallia, Samuel Attard, Frederick Abdilla, Fiona Camilleri, Noemi Deulofeu Blanch, Audrey Mifsud, Eleonor Mifsud
Is-Suffarin: Adolf Formosa
Bainmarie: Samuel Falzon, Samuel Grima, Samuel Bonello, Rafel Grima
Sound Engineer: Sergio Costa
Rediffusion jippreżenta…2021-11-12 00:00:002021-11-14 00:00:003MalteseStudio BCast: Leigh Anne Abela, Henry Zammit Cordina, Charles Falzon, Carlos Farrugia, Rachelle Micallef, Chris Grech & Aaron Fenech
Direction and Production: Joseph Galea
Script: Trevor Zahra
Research: Toni Sant
KorMalta – Concert 12021-11-26 00:00:001N/AStudio B
Girl in the Machine2021-12-03 00:00:002021-12-12 00:00:006EnglishTheatreMichael Richardson – Producer and Director
Isabel Warrington – Designer
Matthew Gellel – Lighting Designer
Matteo Depares – Sound designer (music)
Alec Massa – Sound designer (voice)
Lisa Baldacchino – Production stage manager
Nicole Sciberras – Assistant stage manager
Ella Manduca – Actor
Tina Rizzo – Actor
Gianni Selvaggi – Actor
KorMalta – Concert 2 (Xmas Special)2021-12-18 00:00:002021-12-19 00:00:002N/AAtriumKor Malta
Skald2022-01-28 00:00:002022-01-29 00:00:002N/ATheatre
Castillo2022-02-11 00:00:002022-02-20 00:00:007MalteseTheatreCast: Simone Spiteri as Emma (80s)
Simone Zammit as Emma (Present)
Rachel Genovese as Cathy
Analise Mifsud as Amanda
Francesca Scerri as ANNE (80s)
Frida Cauchi as ANNE (Present)
Daniela Carabott Pawley as GINA (80s + Present)
Mark Doneo as Castillo
Andre Mangion as Matteo
Take Two, Arts Council Malta
Il-Qarċilla2022-02-25 00:00:002022-02-27 00:00:003MalteseTheatreCAST
Nutar Gużi Loffreda – Matthew Balzan
Tabib Dr. J.P. Zammit – Patrick Tanti
Perit Frankie Concrete – Fabio Mifsud
Spettur Klin De Chanteclair – Sandro Vella
Benji-K – Karl Schembri
Krista-Lina – Rachel Micallef
Rev. Johnny Bendu – Nathaniel Galea
Mattea Grech – Maria Galea Farrugia
Darren Callus – Ryan Galea
Wendy Termos – Stephanie Sacco

Albert Garzia (Accordion)
Kim Mercieca (Saxophone)
Matthew Vella (Percussion)

Script – Ċikku l-Poplu
Producer and Director – Joseph Galea
Assistant Producer – Svetlana Camilleri
Musical Arrangements – Albert Garzia
Costumes – Louie Noir / Marika Zarb
Touch ups – Make up by Dea / Deandra Bugeja
Stage Manager/props – Michael Carol Bartolo
Light Design – Fabio Mifsud
Festivals Malta
MPO Series – Concert 22022-02-23 00:00:001N/AStudio BMalta Philarmonic Orchestra
Thirst Trap2022-03-01 00:00:002022-03-12 00:00:006EnglishSchools & Studio ADirector: Philip Leone Ganado

Actors: Lara Agius, Denise Perini, Alex Weenink & Gianluca Mifsud
Studio 18, Aġenżija Żgħażagħ
Her Say2022-03-11 00:00:002022-02-13 00:00:003English/MalteseTheatreDirection and Production: Charlotte Grech
Lights: Christopher Gatt
Playwrights : Simone Spiteri, Lara Calleja and Chiara Hyzler
Actresses: Monica Attard, Michela Farrugia and Angele Galea
KorMalta – Concert 3 -Buxtehude – Membra Jesu Nostri2022-03-25 00:00:001N/AStudio BKor Malta, Malta School of Arts
NUTRICULA / Impossible actions2022-04-08 00:00:001N/AStudio APerformed by:
Diellza Ilgner (DE)
Hayden Grima (MLT)
Mohamed Ali (Dali) Aguerbi (TN/MLT)
Masha Shamin (RU/FR/)
Rachelle (REA) Deguara (MLT)
Rochelle Gatt (MLT)
Songcraft 20222022-04-01 00:00:001MalteseThetareParticipants:
Emma Cutajar
Lexi De Martino
Eliana Gomez Blanco
Hannah Angelone
Angela Bonett
Miguel Bonello
Aġenżija Żgħażagħ
VARI2022-04-08 00:00:002022-04-16 00:00:007MalteseTheatreScript – Trevor Zahra
Production & Direction – Joseph Galea & Carlos Farrugia
Cast – Joseph Galea , Carlos Farrugia, Grecia Bezzina, Christine Francalanza, Petra Camilleri & Alexia Micallef
Music Director – Alex Vella Gregory
Projections – Mad About Video
Lights Design – Adrian D. Bartolo
Technical Operators – Ryan Galea & Holger Camilleri
Stage Manager – Marjana Saliba
Props Manager – John Vassallo
Make-up – Agnes Pace
Costumes – Carmen Zammit & Carolyne Portelli
0.0031 %2022-04-22 00:00:002022-04-24 00:00:003EnglishStudio BWritten: Malcolm Galea
Directed: Denise Mulholland
Starring: Malcolm Galea
MalTease 2022-04-29 00:00:002022-05-01 00:00:003N/ATheatreUndine LaVerve – Producer, Creative Director and performer
Henk Wolswijk – Resident singer and sound engineer
Colin Fitz – host / MC
Larissa – Resident Singer
Gwilym Bugeja – Magic
Alice Wolswijk – performer
Bella Stardust – Burlesque performer
Mabel Moonshine – Burlesque Performer
BAM beauties – Lilithia Rose, Phage Nefarious, Queen of DeNile, WonderV, La Senorita Italiana, Miss Cravin Moore and more…

Foreign artists:
FrouFrou D’Absinth – Burlesque performer (Paris, France)
Lilly Mortis – Burlesque performer (Berlin, Germany)
Lolita VaVoom – Burlesque performer (Germany / USA)
John Celestus – Boylesque performer (London, UK)
Ġiraffa Ħarbet minn Kastilja2022-05-13 00:00:002022-05-22 00:00:007MalteseTheatreCast:
Prime Minister – Peter Galea
Assistant – Marjann Attard
Police Commissioner – Karl Schembri
Minister for Foreign Affairs – Anthony Ellul
Journalist 1 – Charlotte Formosa
Journalist 2 – Miguel Formosa
Journalist 3 – Jacob Piccinino
Giraffe – Antonella Axisa

Creative team:
Director – Daniel Azzopardi
Playwright – Aleks Farrugia
Lights Design – Christopher Gatt
Sound Design – Michael Quinton
Set Design & Construction – Romualdo Moretti & Claudio Apap
Animation Artist – Jonathan Caruana
Movement Choreographer – Christian Scerri
Make-up & Hair Artist – Krista Zammit Marmara
Costumist – Nicole Cuschieri
ASM & Production Assistant – Ann-Marie Camilleri
Intimacy Director – Simone Ellul
MPO Concert 32022-05-11 00:00:001N/AStudio BMalta Philarmonic Orchestra
KorMalta – Concert 42022-05-27 00:00:001N/AStudio B
Is-Sigra Tat-Tin (rerun)2022-06-03 00:00:002022-06-05 00:00:003N/ATheatreDirector: Toni Attard
Author: Simone Spiteri in collaboration with artists from Opening Doors
Performers: Cheyenne Aquilina, Caroline Bajada, Angela Bettoni, Sharon Bezzina, Denise Camilleri, Kurt Castillo, Peter Fenech, Benjamin Grech, Sarah Micallef, Jacob Piccinino, Justin Spiteri & Mark Zammit Cutajar
Production coordinator, props and assistant stage manager: Anne Marie Camilleri
Scenography: Romualdo Moretti
Lights design: Chris Gatt
Sound design: Michael Quinton
Stage Manager: Annalisa Schembri
Set Construction: Claudio Apap
Production: Opening Doors Association
Arts Council Malta, Culture Venture, Opening Doors, University of Malta, AMASS, Udjenza, The Farsons Foundation
Snow White – Adult Panto 2022-06-17 00:00:002022-07-03 00:00:009EnglishTheatreCast:
Malcolm Galea – Dame
Naomi Knight – Snow White
Audrey Scerri – Evil Queen
James Ryder – Narrator + All the little ones
Joe Depasquale – Bert (Principal boy)
Rambert Attard – Magic Mirror
Undine LaVerve – Fairy Godmother
Steve Hili as Steve Hili

Creative team:
Micheal Fenech – Producer
Steve Hili – Writer/ Director
Mariella Muscat – Make Up
Jean Theuma – Costumes
Chris Gatt – Lights
Il-Klus ta’ Clews2022-06-24 00:00:002022-06-26 00:00:003MaltiStudio BOriginal Scripts & Songs (Makjetti) – Charles Clews
Script Adaptation – Trevor Zahra
Director / Producer – Joseph Galea
Musical Arrangements – Alex Vella Gregory
Actors – Joe Farrugia (Id-dulli); Mario Spiteri (Snits); Antonella Galea Loffreda; Joseph Galea
Pianist – Alex Vella Gregory
Kisbiet Minsija2022-06-22 00:00:002022-06-23 00:00:002MaltaStudio AAnnalise Ebejer- Producer, Project Leader, Accessibility Officer
Nicholas Gambin- Co Producer, director, stage manager
Lara Aguis- Co Producer, director
Robyn Vella- Actor
Daniela Grech- Actor
Eastern Regional Council, Gasan Mamo & Farsons
Dance Festival Malta2022-07-28 00:00:002022-08-01 00:00:00N/ATheatre & Studio A


The Music Series made its return for a second year with season-long events with KorMalta and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. In both cases, audiences were entertained to a rich repertoire of classic and modern music by foremost local and international composers. 

Building on the previous season’s success, the 2021|22 programme encapsulated a number of concerts by alternative music bands who performed some of their best hits as well as new material.  Collaborations featured local bands Eyes to Argus with their album in habit, Brodu, which were awarded the Premju għall-Arti for Best Artists of the Year for their work on the music compositions on Blu and Bambinella, and Skald. 

There was also the third edition of Songcraft, a mentorship programme for young singer-songwriters, held in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, with six young talented singer-songwriters aged 16 – 20. Bettina Muchmore, Alex Alden and Matthew James mentored the six participants, and this project culminated in a live concert, bringing their original work from page to stage, performing at Spazju Kreattiv to a live audience.








Between April and June, we hosted a series of workshops with ŻfinMalta entitled Developing Dramaturgical Skills – Critical Chapters in Creative Processes which focused on discovering the tools of dramaturgical practice, with particular emphasis on the word ‘practice’, starting from: “Why do we need a dance dramaturg?”. The sessions were led by foremost international professionals with local practitioners with different creative backgrounds in attendance. 


This was followed with our collaboration with Festivals Malta on the first edition of the Malta Dance Festival in July. The event originated as a private initiative by three dance practitioners who wished to develop an annual dance platform aimed at providing opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their work and expose local audiences to original dance works.

WIthin such a framework, Spazju Kreattiv continues to strive in creating more opportunities within the performing arts strand, and in so doing create more creative exchanges with different local and international collaborators.