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  • In the tradition of grand opera

    In the tradition of grand opera

    Founded in 2000, Classique Foundation – under its artistic/music director Joseph Debrincat – will present a concert of opera excerpts, titled Grand Operatic Concert, at the Aurora Opera House, Victoria. Classique Foundation is a non-profit-making...

  • A production to be remembered

    A production to be remembered

    Gozo’s Aurora Opera House staged a successful performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Once more familiar names were at the helm of this production, including orchestra director Colin Attard. Attard put his all into an intelligent reading of the score...

  • Because some marriages expire

    True Love Lies by the Candian playwright Brad Fraser (presented by Unifaun at St James Cavalier) is a powerful play that depicts the breakup of a family. Trouble is caused, initially, by the discovery of a secret kept by Kane and Carolyn, the...

  • Valletta hides an underground secret

    Valletta hides an underground secret

    What happens when children discover a hidden civilisation living beneath the streets of Valletta. Trevor Zahra tells Marc Buhagiar all about his new collaboration with Il-Kumplament theatre group. Trevor Zahra is no stranger to the theatre with...

  • When Maltese politics aren’t quite a laugh

    A fairly new group, Mediteatru, well-known on the University of Malta campus for small-scale productions, has now ventured with a production outside the campus. Politira, written and directed by Keith Borg at the Splendid, Valletta, is presented...

  • Trials at sea translated to the stage

    Trials at sea translated to the stage

    Lost Goose Theatre Company’s performance Havarie is about immigration and shipwreck and more, Marie Keiser-Nielsen tells David Schembri Among the great stories in history – real and imagined – the sea voyage is a perennial staple. Be it St Paul’s...

  • Threading the boards in a nostalgic vein

    Threading the boards in a nostalgic vein

    Billing itself as an affectionate pastiche of the typical 1930s musical comedy, The Great Big Radio Show!, now in its second weekend of its run at the Manoel Theatre, is hardly the most ambitious of musicals. Indeed, it is the fact that Polly...

  • The makings of a ballerina

    The makings of a ballerina

    Thirteen-year-old Phoebe Schembri is the first Maltese student to dance with the Paris Opera School of Dance. She tells Jo Caruana about the first steps that are taking her on the way to becoming an international ballerina. These days there are a...

  • Artists urged to apply for Maltese artistic repertoire

    Artists are encouraged to submit their works to be part of the Malta Showcase Portfolio 2015, a curated catalogue of Maltese performing arts repertoire that is being co-ordinated by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.. The content of Malta Showcase will...

  • That which makes us scared

    That which makes us scared

    “A woman struggles with little things that build to mammoth proportions.” This is the short synopsis of Fear, a 14-minute-long exploration of this most basic and relatable of human emotions, in which something mundane strikes a chord of illogical...

  • All gore, no substance

    All gore, no substance

    BreederDirector: Patrick VellaStarring: Rebecca Paris, Naomi Said, Aleksandra Andrea90 mins; Class 18;Eden Cinemas Release There has been quite a buzz surrounding Breeder touted as Malta’s first full-length horror production, which opened in time...

  • Deconstructing tradition

    Deconstructing tradition

    Set among the privileged elite of Oxford University, The Riot Club follows Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin), two first-year students determined to join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed in the course of...

  • A rather pedestrian reboot

    A rather pedestrian reboot

    Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDirector: Jonathan LiebesmanStarring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner101mins; Class12;KRS Releasing Ltd Among the many pop culture phenomena born in the 1980s were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, created by...

  • A sobering illustration of the futility of war

    A sobering illustration of the futility of war

    FuryDirector: David AyerStarring: Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman134 mins; Class15;KRS Releasing Ltd An officer rides a white horse through the mist across a field littered with burning warfare debris. Tanks and trucks stand proudly...

  • New shops at Embassy Complex

    The Embassy Shopping Complex and Cinemas in Valletta is opening a number of new outlets this year with more in the pipeline. This is part of an ongoing plan to increase the variety of shops and services available at the complex and to make the...

  • McConaughey enjoying Interstellar career heights

    McConaughey enjoying Interstellar career heights

    Matthew McConaughey’s upcoming film about a journey beyond the stars may as well be about the Texas actor’s own stratospheric career these days. From winning his best actor Oscar in March for Dallas Buyers Club to his lead role in the highly...

  • Knightley to make Broadway debut

    Knightley to make Broadway debut

    British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, based on the novel by Emile Zola. Knightley, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Pride & Prejudice,...

  • The perks of high society

    The perks of high society

    The Riot Club (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 107 minutesDirected by: Lone ScherfigStarring: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Freddie Fox, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sam Reid, Ben Schnetzer, Matthew Beard, Tom Hollander,...

  • Too spooky for children?

    Too spooky for children?

    While many kids (and grown-ups!) may find Halloween just another good excuse to dress up and attend parties, others may find the whole thing quite scary. Stephanie Fsadni talks to some mothers to see what they think of Halloween and whether they...

  • Home-brewed tricks

    This year the shops seem to offer more Halloween treats than ever before, as Malta embraces the pagan-turned-secular holiday. But the costs can soon add up! Natalie Bowen puts together some homemade surprises for party guests. Haunted gingerbread...

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