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What does it mean to be a ‘Maltese woman’ in 2013?

What is the stereotypical Maltese males’ stunted and delusional view of themselves? What happens when six Maltese women meet in secret in an abandoned chapel and concoct a plan to take matters into their own hands? Why do these women lie to their husbands to conduct a ritual that involves costumes used in Good Friday pageants and a couple of male strippers?

Clare Azzopardi’s In-Nisa Maltin Jafu Kif, being staged under the direction of Marcelle Teuma at the Manoel Theatre next week, will answer these questions.

Nisa is modern theatre at its most raw, savage, hilarious and shocking. “Clare has written a play without any ‘holdbacks’, free from any traditional Maltese theatre restraints to explore, demystify and turn age old patriarchal concepts on their head and kick them into the dustbin of traditional insanity,” enthuses Mario Philip Azzopardi.

“Getting there has been very time-consuming and emotionally exhausting for her. With this script Clare establishes herself as one of our leading playwrights. A word of warning though... this is not for the squeamish.

Nisa is highly entertaining and treats the audience as thinking mature adults, ready to explore the fictional systematic destruction of Maltese traditional values concerning, marriage, family, sex (perverted and/or otherwise) and religion. And with subjects like these, one is guaranteed a night to remember.”

Clare Azzopardi’s new play is as provocative as the title implies... depending on how ‘adventurous’ you want to be. This is the work of genius, maturity, and brilliant craft. It is one of the most original theatrical works in the history of Maltese theatre. Most certainly, Nisa fills in a huge void for Maltese theatre, the void characterised by the lack of a feminine voice.

The cast includes some of the strongest female actors around. With Marta Vella, Magda Van Kullenburg, Maria Cutajar, Marilù Vella, Sharon Bezzina, and Coryse Borg. Claudio Carta and Chris Degiorgo wind up this great cast.

In-Nisa Maltin Jafu Kif is being staged on March 22, 23 and 24 at 8pm.

Booking is now open.

www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

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