Epic timefest journey in Gozo ‘Twelve Steps 400 Years Later’

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Epic timefest journey in Gozo 'Twelve Steps 400 Years Later'The moth of October sees the continuation of the perfromances of a unique and epic timefest journey, ‘Twelve Steps 400 Years Later,’ set in Gozo. The performances in September had a great response from the public who took part in this journey through Gozo’s history.

This journey first took place in the summer of 2010 and proved to be such a great success that Victoria Local Council has now organised a follow-up, this time with a new cast and a new history, written and directed by Amina Contin, from an idea by Allesandro Riccio.

The history of the island of Gozo has not always faithfully followed the path of the sister island. The island is shrouded in mystery, tales, legends and secrets. A unique interactive experience set in the Citadel of Victoria will try to unravel it all through a trail that will lead to the discovery of the island’s best kept secrets.

Twelve Steps is similar to the ‘gioco-spettacolo,’ so popular in medieval and rinascimental fortressess in Tuscany, but with a local twist as all the characters involved are related to the Maltese Islands.

This unique interactive experience will involve a game-performance where the public will be free to choose whether to actively take part or passively observe the scattered around the Citadel. The characters are fourteen in all. They range from Queen Victoria to Sir Adrian Dingli, from the Pirate, to the Knight of Malta and include abstract themes like Death itself.

The game starts with a prisoner who is locked up in the prisons of the Citadel accused on trumped up charges of having conspired against Queen Victoria and is handed a death sentence by hanging to be carried out at dawn. The poor man is distraught and desperate. He is given a final chance: if he can find someone that will unlock a set of riddles he will be spared. These riddles will only be unlocked by the enigmatic characters that come to life in the Citadel at night.

As desperate as he is, he will besiege visitors to solve the riddles for him. There is only one way – that of going around the Citadel and find the characters that can solve these riddles. The prisoner will provide participants with a map of the Citadel and implore them to help him. But this is no easy feat as the characters once found will not easily part away with their secrets. The participant has to understand, guess or do something to arrive to the answers.

Each time the participant solves the riddle s/he is given a symbol. Once all the symbols are collected and the riddles solved then the prisoner is spared. But beware; only the brave ones can complete it all. Once a winner is declared s/he is given a prize by the prisoner for saving his life.

The game-performances will be set in the English language and are open to all ages and nationalities.

‘Twelve Steps 400 Years Later’ will take place at the Cittadella, Victoria, on Friday evenings in October, the 5, 12th and 19th with all performances starting at 8.30pm.

For more information please contact the Victoria Local Council on: rabat.gozo.lc@gov.mt

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