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New theatre production inspired by artists’ own dreams
Since January 2021, award-winning playwright Simone Spiteri and theatre director Toni Attard have been co-creating a brand new theatre production from Opening Doors – Malta’s arts organisation for people with intellectual disabilities.
Is-Siġra tat-Tin is a new inclusive theatre work, which intertwines the artists’ own dreams like the roots of a fig tree that grow all the way down to the forest floor. Through movement and dramatic scenes co-created by the artists in both Maltese and English, the performers will share their own stories and aspirations with the audience.
Is-Siġra tat-Tin will take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October and will be performed by 10 artists from Opening Doors, as well as three guest actors who are well town in Maltese theatre and television. The cast is composed of the talented Cheyenne Aquilina, Caroline Bajada, Angela Bettoni, Sharon Bezzina, Denise Camilleri, Kurt Castillo, Peter Fenech, Benjamin Grech, Sarah Micallef, Jacob Piccinino, Justin Spiteri, Karl Wirth and Mark Zammit Cutajar.
“We worked intensively with the performers through workshops in movement, creative writing and improvisation to develop a script that is built on the wonderful material created by each performer,” said Toni Attard.
This process reflects the association’s ethos to promote creative processes and artistic skill with adults with intellectual disabilities in processes, which facilitate the creation of their own work and aesthetic.
“Through our work, we want to provide the performers with a creative space that empowers them to take ownership of their work and process. This production adds a new dynamic to our work, with the inclusion of guest artists to the process,” said Ilona Baldacchino, the association’s artistic director.
The production will also mark Opening Doors’ physical return to the theatre since the pandemic forced all of its activity to shift online.
Is-Siġra tat-Tin is supported by Spazju Kreattiv and produced by Culture Venture, within the project AMASS University of Malta Acting on the Margins: Art as Social Sculpture, partnered in Malta by the Department of Arts, Open Communities, and Adult Education, within the Faculty of Education. AMASS received financial support from the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 of the European Union under agreement nr 870621. Is-Siġra tat-Tin is part of an arts programme created by Culture Venture and supported by Arts Council Malta.