MaltaToday | 11 May 2008 | CULTURE

CULTURE | Sunday, 11 May 2008

Du’ Theatre perform Lacuna at Warehouse No. 8

On May 31 and June 1 from 21:00 at Du’ Theatre will be performing Lacuna, an adaptation - by Simone Spiteri - of Sepja, a series of novellas by Trevor Zahra at Warehous No.8, Marsa. Zahra, while being synonymous with Maltese children’s literature, exploits his talents in ‘adult’ fiction with the observant, witty stories found in this particular collection.
Lacuna is a loose adaptation of Zahra’s works, pacing itself across the source material through thematic rather than plot-based connections. The deeply introspective, mature writings (laced as they are with black humour) are an ideal fit for the feminine, energetic approach of the Du` performer.
Employing a virtually bare stage, the female performers take the universal themes of the stories as raw material to weave their own tale of four women who have no idea of who they or the other three people they have found themselves with are. There is only one thing that binds them: they all know the same song. The audience finds itself embarking on a humorous journey of self-discovery with the four women.
Lacuna was created over a period of six months in 2006. The project took off with the start of a collaboration between Zahra and the group. Sepja had not been published by then and Du’ were given an early draft to work on.
The group conducted workshops for a number of months, based on themes taken from the novels and slowly, sequences began to emerge - which in turn inspired the writing of the text and vice versa. Early on, it was decided that the plot and characters of novels would not be the play’s fulcrum but a creation of a new story and characters inspired by the themes of the book.
The accompanying music plays an integral part in the play, as the three musicians act as a harmonious extension of the story- creating a homogenous flow. The line up consists of actresses Magda van Kuilenburg, Franica Pulis, Kristjana Casha and Simone Spiteri and musicians Tim Ellis on piano, Chris Cini on violin and Michael Galea on percussion.
Warehouse No. 8 is a new independent performance space located in the Marsa area and run by the NGO il-mahzen, whose aim is to establish an ongoing calendar of artistic events. It aims to house theatre productions, music performances and artistic events with a focus on experimentation and innovation. Just recently, it served as the venue for the launch of the new CD by Sandro Zerafa’s White Russian quintet, a jazz outfit from Paris.
Lacuna will be the second in a series of events for the season and will be followed by a fund raising event by DJ Danjeli later on in June.
For directions on how to get to the warehouse, log on to or park at BOV Marsa and follow the signs.
A promo for the event can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook .
Tickets available at the door or from the warehouse runners. For ticket and venue info call 7940 4134/ 79057676 or email and or from Maestro Fresco (in South Street, Valletta).

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Tonight and May 16 - 18, 23 - 25
FM Theatre productions present the Pulitzer-winning play by Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf author Edward Albee at St James Cavalier. Directed by Chris Gatt, the cast features Edward Mercieca, Denise Mulholland, Pia Zammit and Paul Portelli. Book at St James Cavalier: 21223200;

Last performance tonight
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All For One Productions presents its second production at the Catholic Institute, Floriana. Featuring Fredrick Camilleri, Fabian Scerri De Carlo, Ronald Briffa, Dorian Micallef, Stephanie Sacco, Jean Pierre Grech and Jesmond Cauchi. Directed by John Dimech. Performances will take place on Saturday May 10 at 18:30 and on Sunday May 11 at 14:30 and 18:30 at the Catholic Institute Floriana. Bookings at Catholic Institute Floriana 21238429, 21242551, Carmen Azzopardi (21454836), Tereza Bazaar Haz-Zabbar (21892730) or from the Hotline 79555514 or


May 13
National Orchestra Concert
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist Robert Plane joins Orkestra Nazzjonali performing Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto in a concert dedicated to the music of the 20th century with works by Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky and Dmirtri Shostakovich. Book at 21246389,


May 10 - June 9
Series of paintings by Helga Portanier at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta. The works, whose media are tempera, ink and watercolour on paper, draw on textural inspiration from natural elements that surround us: bark, shells, fossils, shrubs.
Until May 31
Ben Maile
Ben Maile (b. 1922) exhibits in Malta for the first time. The exhibit will be on display round the clock in the lobby. Brought to you by Exposed Art: 99292488,

Until June 15
Art From Within
Traveling collective exhibition of Art Brut paintings at the St James Cavalier Upper Galleries. The project originated at the Haus der Kunstler in Gugging, Austria, as part of the 'Kunst Von Innen' (Art from within) project. The exhibition is commissioned by the Ministry of European and International Affairs.

Until May 18
An exhibition of paintings by Jeni Caruana at Heritage Malta Head Office, Valletta. Free Entrance. Open Monday to Friday from 08.00 - 17.00 (Last Admission 16.30).

Until May 28
Ix- u jien
Exhibition of paintings by Dustin Cauchi at the Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Open from 09:00 until 17:00 (last admission at 16:30). The opening will also serve as a launch for Francesca Mangion's book, which will feature illustrations by the artist.

Ends today
The Human Figure
Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Patrick Dalli at the Main Hall, St James Cavalier. The exhibition showcases work executed over the past 16 months and centers on the artistís concern with the human figure as a subject.

May 12 - June 1
ArtLinks 2008
Exhibition by student from 11 participating secondary schools, held at Lorenzo Gafaí Secondary School, Vittoriosa. Open from 08:30 to 14:00 between May 12 -29; open all day on May 30, 31 and until noon on June 1.

May 16 - June 22
Sea Dreaming
Derek Nice returns to St James Cavalier with new works, often made from recycled, regenerated found objects and materials. In collaboration with Vince Briffa (installation artist) Renzo Spiteri (percussionist) and Digby Atkinson (painter and printmaker).


May 16 - 18
Shaolin Kung Fu
The masters from the Shaolin Monastery at the Province Henan, China will be showcasing their skills at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The show presents the best masters in the different disciplines coming from different monasteries in China where the history of the Shaolin temple and the life of the Shaolin monks is impressively represented. The shows include all the fascinating and historical Qi Gong exercises and demonstrate the principle that 'the spirit can dominate the body'. They will be performing on May 16 at 20:30, May 17 at 20:00 and May 18 at 18:30. Ticket prices are at Stalls/Boxes €39.00 for stalls/boxes, €29.00 for balcony, and €49.00 for dress circle. Special reductions for senior citizens and students. Reservations accepted until May 15.


Quiz Nights held at Ciao Fra, Xemxija. Entrance next to Beachaven. Every Thursday at 21:00, tables team up to fill in a self-completion quiz pack of 40 general knowledge and current affairs questions. Winners receive Lm10 discount off their bill and a bottle of bubbly (both winners and runners-up). Participation fee Lm1. Reservations call: 99458567.


Earth Garden Festival
A festival of music and art at the National Park, Ta Qali from 14:00 onwards. Featuring reggae, tribal music and more. Entrance to the 'Open Village' is free. Tickets to the GO Concert featuring Sigmund Mifsud are at €24 and can be purchased from and ticket hotline 2149 4297. Discounted €15 tickets per concert are available for all registered GO Mobile customers as from 4 April 2008 (Each GO Mobile customer is entitled up to two discounted tickets). Ticket available from all outlets of: Victoria Gozo, Baystreet, Sliema, Embassy Valletta, Pavi and MIA The GO Music Concert starts at 20.30.


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