La Lupa – A performace of love and loss at the Lunzjata Valley
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The remote, rustic and magnificent location of Lunzjata Valley, will be the setting for Giovanni Verga’s masterpiece, `La Lupa.’ This is the first time that a play will be held in this location.
Based on David Lan’s The She-Wolf, an English-language adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company, is set to come to life is this next production being staged by the Gozo Creative Theatre Club.
A compelling drama of love and loss, it starts with jovial dancing and singing, which slowly builds up tension by gradually developing into a battle of wills for the three main characters – Nanni, Pina and Mara, fighting their Christian beliefs along with their temptations, culminating in a decisive ending.
The GCTC said that Nanni, a man who is bewitched with Pina, also desires her daughter Mara – consuming himself and those close to him.
Mara does not want Nanni at first, however grows to love him resulting in her disowning her mother – helping to escalate her mother’s decent into madness.
Mariella Cassar, Marija Cassar, Joseph Bartolo, George Camilleri, Helen Camilleri, Alvin Scicluna, Matthias Mercieca, Marisa Grech, Marvic Bajada, Anthony Debono, Dianne A. Portelli, Michel Refalo and Matthias Refalo, are all featured in the cast.
La Lupa will be directed by the Gozo Creative Theatre Club’s artistic director George Mizzi, with the participation of local dancers and musicians.
La Lupa – endorsed by Valletta 2018 Foundation, will be held in collaboration with the Gozo College Education Department and the Ambassador & Permanent Delegate of Malta to UNESCO.
The dates to keep free are Saturday, the 30th of June and Sunday, the 1st of July, both nights starting at 8pm. Entrance is free. The seating will be on a first come first served basis.
The later in the year, in collaboration with the Sacred Heart Seminary of Gozo, the Gozo Creative Theatre Club will be presenting the contemporary play ‘Il-Hmar t’Alla’ by Joseph W. Psaila.
This performance will conclude the events which mark the 150th Anniversary of the Seminary’s inauguration.
The life of the Curé d’Ars, John Maria Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, is the inspiration for the play.
It portrays the struggle, on a spiritual level, between the hero and the anti-hero which can still rouse our conscience even today.
The cast features George Camilleri, Jamie Camilleri, Joseph Bartolo, Helen Camilleri, Anthony Debono, Alvin Scicluna, Matthias Mercieca, Dianne. A. Portelli, Mariella Cassar, Maria Cassar, Marisa Grech, Marvic Bajada, Francesca Petra Mizzi, Joseph Portelli, Jerome Mizzi, Ruth Portelli, Michel Refalo, Joellson Bezzina and Matthias Refalo.
This production will be directed by the Gozo Creative Theatre Club’s artistic director George Mizzi.
It will be staged in November at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary Hall in Victoria, Gozo, on Friday, the 17th, at 7.30pm, Sunday, the 19th at 3.00pm and on Saturday the 25th of November at 7.30pm. Tickets are €5.00 each for adults and €3.00 each for children.
For bookings please contact the Sacred Heart Major Seminary reception either through telephone: 21556479 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets will also be available at the door but seating is limited and will be on a first come first served basis.