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William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

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Title:  William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

Author:  Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd

Director:   Chris Gatt

Cast:   Nathan Brimmer, James Ryder, Joseph Zammit

Dates:   7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 October 2017

Venue:   Spazju Kreattiv Theatre, St James Cavalier

“A breathlessly irreverent and pun-fiiled romp!” Washington Post
“An absolute resolute hoot of a bawdy comedy of errors!” Broadway World
“Whatever you’re doing, stop now. Run – do not walk; run – to…the glorious ray of sunshine that is William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).” DC Metro
Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England (next to a pile of bones that didn’t look that important), an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play written by none other than seventeen-year-old William Shakespeare from Stratford. We are totally not completely making this up.
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is the literary holy grail: an actual manuscript in Shakespeare’s own hand showing all his most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it’s one hundred hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the company decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a brief and palatable ninety minutes and perform the world premiere of this lost masterpiece.
“Gloriously funny! Don’t miss it!” Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor and the book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
You haven’t seen the Complete Works until you’ve seen William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!
“The lickety-split pacing [and] cheerfully impudent tone…it’s Shakespeare as you’ve never imagined!” Washington Post
In this strange-yet-familiar narrative, an ancient grudge pits Puck (from Midsummer) against Ariel (from The Tempest) and turns Shakespeare’s canon upside-down, creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and that master motivator Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and (of course) Dromio and Juliet. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s thirty-nine plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional fortieth, filled with witty wordplay and vaudevillian variety.




Title:   Collapse

Author:   Adrian Buckle

Director:   Dave Barton

Cast:   Jeffrey Kieviet, Ashley Allen, Whitney Ellis, Bryan Jennings

Dates:   17, 18, 23, 24, 25 February, 2, 3, 4 March 2018

Is our secret safe tonight?

And are we out of sight?
Or will our world come tumbling down?

Will they find our hiding place?
Is this our last embrace?
Or will the walls start caving in?


Summary: Set in a dystopian future under siege, the streets are chaotic and violent, with armed soldiers raping and killing at whim. A young woman named Greta, lives together with her damaged boyfriend Robbie.  Robbie is not allowed outside for the sake of his safety. The lovers have created a bullet-proof bubble around themselves, full of stories and fairy tales, oblivious to the trouble outside . . . until Stella comes to visit.  Then Greta and Robbie’s world is turned upside down.

Supported by the Malta Arts Fund.

Warning:  Rated 18.  Nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.






Titlu:  Tebut Isfar

Kitba:   Clare Azzopardi

Direzzjoni:   Marcelle Teuma

Kast:   Peter Galea, Mariele Zammit, Leigh Ann Abela, Roderick Vassallo

Post:  Valletta Campus Theatre (ex MITP)

Dati:  13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 Ottubru 2018

Ġorġ ilu għomru u ż-żmienu jagħmel it-twiebet il-Belt.  Yasmina, t-tifla tiegħu dejjem tiġri miegħu.  Sakemm ġurnata minnhom titfaċċa mara li trid tebut isfar ... għal xi ħadd li għad irid imut ...

 supported by the MAF Project Fund of the Arts Council Malta.














Title:  The Acrobat

Author:   Agnes Moon

Adaptation:  Adrian Buckle

Director:   Stephen Oliver

The Acrobat is a professional thief with dozens of burglaries to his credit, but when he finds himself trapped in the enormous abode of a mysterious man, as seductive as he is lethal, he realizes that the police might not be the worst of evils. Vincent de Saint-Bonnet is incredibly rich, with many hidden secrets, and little will to live. A foul-mouthed little thief with magnificent blue eyes is just what he needs to bring some light back to his gray, long-drawn-out existence. 

A thief looking for a valuable dagger, an antique dealer with hundreds of years under his belt, for whom the weapon represents an object of . . . inestimable value. Each man has a precise goal and nothing will stop him from reaching it. Not even the incredible attraction that grips them, pulling them into a duel, one fought with lies and seduction.




 Title:   Macbeth

Author:   William Shakespeare

Director:   tba

Dates:   March 2019

Cast:   Mikhail Basmadjian, Marcelle Teuma, etc

Summary:   Shakespeare's masterpiece tragedy about ambition comes back to Malta in this wonderful production.  Victorious from battle, heroic Macbeth allows three witches to feed his inner darkness and ambition so that he commits regicide and becomes king.  Egged on by his wife, Macbeth commits this atrocious act while the king is resting inside his castle.  To keep power, Macbeth becomes  blood thirsty, leaving a trail of blood anywhere he goes.  The opposition finally unites with the English forces and Macbeth is defeated.











Title:   Peer Gynt

Author:   Henrik Ibsen

Music:   Edvard Grieg

Adaptation to Maltese:   Adrian Buckle & Trevor Zahra

Dates:   2019

Summary:   Peer Gynt is a serial womaniser, a liar and a dreamer.   After stealing the bride from a wedding he leaves his home town for the easy way to fame and fortune. Ibsen’s classic text blends Norwegian folklore with satire and surrealism - presented in an explosive new adaptation by Adrian Buckle & Trevor Zahra that promises to be a spectacle for the senses.







Title:   Are not all Angels MINISTERING SPIRITS Sent to Serve Those Who Will Inherit Salvation?

Author:   Adrian Buckle (under mentorship of Brad Fraser)

Summary:   Teenaged Anita loves life.  She loves to party and have fun.  She is therefore stunned when Gabe, a youth who is identical in appearance to her teen idol Gabe McCullen, moves into her house.  Even more surprised is Rick, her father.  For some reason, only the two of them can see Gabe and Gabe says he is Anita's Guardian Angel.  But is there a reason why he is appearing to the two of them?  Gabe says they must figure it out themselves.  Then Anita gets pregnant.  Now Anita must make a choice.

 Supported by the Arts Council Malta Professional Development Grant.

Image: The Fall of Icarus #4 by Anthony Catania.








Titlu: Fir-Renju ta' Ilbogħodminnhawn

Awtur: Adrian Buckle

Direzzjoni:   Dominic Said

Dati:   tba

Fir-Renju ta' Ilbogħodminnhawn hi ħrafa għat-tfal, bil-puppazzi, fejn żewġ ġuvintur imorru fuq avventura biex isalvaw prinċipessa minn idejn saħħara kattiva, bil-għan li min isalvaha jkun jista' jiżżewwiġha.






Title:   Nahomy

Author:   Adrian Buckle

Director:   tba

Venue:   tba

Dates:   tba

A play for young people about the quest of two brothers to prove their bravery.  They travel to the magic land of Nahomy where they meet elves, humans, monsters, dragons, vampires and werewolves.  They encounter love, pity, betrayal and redemption.

loosely inspired by Astrid Lindgren’s “Bröderna Lejonhjärta”. 








Theatre bill for Stitching a play by Anthony Neilson


Author:   Anthony Neilson

Director:   Chris Gatt

Cast:   Pia Zammit, Mikhail Basmadjian


Explodes with power, discipline, integrity and sheer cruel psychological accuracy Neilson's writing has a terrible beauty — Sunday Times

Startlingly rich and challenging, Neilson depicts with aching precision a relationship in which love is undermined by distrust — Time Out

Shattering, shocking a serious, persuasive account of the blind alleys love can lead us down — Daily Telegraph

A characteristically brave and brutal offering — Independent

A deeply mesmerising, if shocking, experience as a couple smashes through taboo after taboo in a harrowing sexual tug of war — Evening Standard




Title:   Confessions of a Dying Atheist

Author:   Adrian Buckle

Summary:   Meet Baen Winterburn.  Unborn son of the Initiator King and god in his own right.  Or is he a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and his Faith?