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Karmen Azzopardi back on stage

Karmen AzzopardiKarmen Azzopardi

After last year’s successful production of Kappillan Ta’ Malta, Staġun Teatru Malti returns to the Malta Arts Festival with an original play in Maltese by Immanuel Mifsud, Faith, Hope u Charity. The play is directed by Josette Ciappara.

Maestro Dominic Galea has written an original score for the production and will be playing live during the performance.

“The success of Kappillan revealed there is a market for Maltese nostalgia. That is why we opted to bring it back in this year’s outdoor produc-tion for the Malta Arts Festi-val,” producer Mario Philip Azzopardi said.

“We’ve learned a lot regarding logistics and working outside at Fort St Elmo. This time all actors will have hidden microphones to boost dialogue guaranteeing perfect sound, whatever the wind conditions.”

Perhaps the biggest coup for this production is the return to the stage, after an absence of almost 10 years, of Karmen Azzopardi.

Faith Hope u Charity is a war story that is not so much about the three legendary Gloucester planes which formed the entire Maltese airforce against the might of the Italian Aereonautica, but more about three young, wonderful people caught in the terrible tragedy of the war.

William Timber Woods (Carlos Farrugia), the pilot who flew Charity, downs an Italian pilot (Davide Tucci) who lands in a garden of a villa owned by Contessa Fiorini Sacco (Monica Attard). Her granddaughter, Maria (Sarah Camilleri) takes care of the wounded Italian, who is later visited in hospital by Timber Woods.

Both men are drawn to Maria and the relationships that ensue are the subject of this wonderful, nostalgic bittersweet play.

Faith, Hope u Charity takes place between July 22 and August 2 at Fort St Elmo, Valletta. Tickets are available online.

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