THE eSCRIPT of
IĠSMAIĦIRA

   

IġMSaIħIRsA Ħin bla waqt mill-Commedia dell'Arte


THE THEATRE OF

ORESTE CALLEJA

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IĠSMAIĦIRSA
was the first stage play of Oreste Calleja. It was commissioned by the Moviment Qawmien Letterarju for its provocative theatre programme presented annually under the title, XSENURU. and was staged at the Old University Theatre (today's MITP) with the co-operation of the University Players.

IĠSMAIĦIRSA was first staged in
March of 1971
 with the following cast:

         Arlekkinu - Alfred Spiteri
           Colombina - Ninette Micallef
                  Pierrot -  Charles Stroud
       Sor Pantalone - Tony Demicoli
  Kaptan Spaventa - Corinne Tonna
          Pulcinella - Ritchie Vella
          Spettatur - Dione Borg

The production was by
Lino Farrugia  and Mario Azzopardi.

 


 

 

 

XSENURU4
POST MORTEM


 


 

CAST
Gentleman..... ..Dominic Said
Pantalone.........Patrick Vella
Arlekkinu.........Simone Zammit
Pierrot..............Mario Attard
Colombina.......Anna Beck
Spaventa..........Philip Mizzi
Pulcinella.........Raymond Abdilla
Musician..........Manoel Pirotta

SAVIOUR PIROTTA
translated and directed the play
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From XSENURU4,  1972.  Photos: O Calleja
 

 LONDON - MARCH 1981

YOUNG ATTURI THEATRE GROUP

Later translated into English as "Phantoms", it was staged in London on three separate occasions, including one at the Fleet Educational Community Center as part of the program entitled Art and Theatre from the Third World by the Young Atturi Theatre Group.
 

MALTESE YOUTH THEATRE MAKES ITS POLITICAL POINT

by Barbara Schulman
 

from
THE STAGE and TELEVISION
TODAY

"Written in the midst of Malta's struggle for independence, 'Phantoms' by Oreste Calleja uses the structure of role-playing to make a socio-political point.

A gentleman, the embodiment of the bourgeois standards imposed on art, comes searching for the ultimate performance. What he finds instead, in the guise of the colourful, stylised characters of Commedia dell'Arte, is a group of performers whose repression by a culturally sterile society has translated their comic tradition into a tragic reality.

The presence of the spectator, unwitting symbol of the oppressor, provokes the troupe to commit an act of violence which is ultimately fatal.
The ambition this young company exhibited in their choice of material is well-matched by their bold staging and sincere performances - particularly Simone Zammit's baiting, mischievous Arlekkinu and Mario Attard's tearful Pierrot."




SILTA:
SPETTATUR:
Imma possibbli ssibu biżżejjed kummiedji ġodda?
ARLEKKIN:
X'hemm bżonn ikunu ġodda? Aħna nimprovisaw sakemm nistgħu, imma hemm il-limiti safejn inwasslu. Iva kultant inċaqalqu sitwazzjoni, intarrfu l-possibilitajiet, u nżewqu ċ-ċirkustanzi.. imma l-kummiedja waħda tibqa'. Ftit tinbidel. Hemm il-limiti.
SPETTATUR: Imma m'għandux ikun hekk! Mhux għalikom!...
ARLEKKIN: Hemm il-limiti.
SPETTATUR: ...għalikom m'hemm xejn miktub! Intom ħielsa!


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From the
1999 
NATIONAL CENTRE 
FOR DRAMA
collage presentation of 
4 DRAMMI 
Director

Paul Portell
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Photos courtesy of  Manuel Cauchi

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