Seminal publication on Teatrin in Malta and Gozo released
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Kitbiet Dwar it-Teatrin (Writings on Teatrin) is a seminal collection of testimonies, interviews and analytical articles on a popular form of theatrical entertainment which developed in Malta from the middle of the 19th Century onwards.
Its influence and resonance is still felt locally on stage and on television.
Published by the Malta Drama Centre in association with the Ministry of Education and the Lifelong Learning Department, the anthology is edited by Mario Azzopardi and includes contributions by Prof. Oliver Friggieri, Prof. Joe Friggieri, Prof. Charles Briffa, Dr Marco Galea, Dr Paul Xuereb, Immanuel Mifsud and Albert Marshall.
It also includes eight pages of historical illustrations and an appendix on theatrical activities in Gozo, besides an unpublished long letter by the late comedian Charles Clews which exposed his ideas on the genre.
The book contains four extensive interviews with senior citizens, all over ninety, who were either active in or keen spectators of teatrin in their youth.
Kitbiet dwar it-Teatrin is introduced by Education Minister Ms. Dolores Cristina who poses pertinent questions as to the possibilities of extending the genre to meet contemporary expectations.
The book is available from the Malta Drama Centre (Tel: 21 220 665) and Merlin Library in Blata l-Bajda. Copies obtained from the Drama Centre sell at a subsidised price of €10.