Silver Tickets: €25
Gold tickets: €45 including cabaret-style seating with flowing wine, nibbles and a Limited Edition Original Cast Album of Balzunetta Towers
Commissioned by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and making part of the Malta Arts Festival 2017, Balzunetta Towers is a contemporary theatrical cabaret. The original show treats one of Malta’s most flagrant well-kept secrets – Balzunetta – known by many as Strait Street’s naughtier sister, albeit in Floriana. Ironically, Balzunetta was surrounded by the Maltese Curia, the Police Headquarters and the Army Barracks. In fact, commissioned local researchers have unearthed some spine-tingling memoirs and glamorous tales surrounding Balzunetta. Many would agree that these infamous stories deserve a proper artistic treatment. This contemporary rendition is an exciting opportunity to showcase the stories of one of Malta’s most outrageous spaces during some of the islands’ most gripping epochs. On top of this, these stories will be juxtaposed with present realities.
Can you imagine what could happen when a renowned North-American business magnate wants to build a high-rise tower in the Balzunetta area? Don’t. Just come watch. The show will be an interactive spectacle, in cabaret tradition, where the audience can be asked to intervene. Pjazza Teatru Rjal will get a nostalgic make-over and turn into a spectacular cabaret stage featuring a live orchestra and some of Malta’s finest voices, actors and dancers, ensuring a wildly entertaining artistic experience and a summer night to remember. The theatrical cabaret will feature an original score by renowned Jazz Maestro, Dominic Galea whose family was born and bred in Balzunetta. The story, the satire and the comedy are penned by one of Malta’s literary stalwarts, Alfred Sant and songs will be lyricized by leading poet Albert Marshall. The work of these heavyweights is being produced and directed by another house-hold name, theatre-maker Sean Buhagiar, who will ensure a fresh take on the notorious Balzunetta myth. The cast involves some of Maltese best actors, voices and dancers with the likes of Davide Tucci, Doreen Galea, Mariele Żammit, Michael Mangion and many others.
Original Music by Dominic Galea
Written by Alfred Sant
Lyrics by Albert Marshall
Produced and Directed by Sean Buhagiar
Choreography by Prof Jo Butterworth
Set Design by Seb Tanti Burlo
Set Dressing by Adrian Mamo
Cast: Davide Tucci, Chris Dingli, Ozzy Lino, Joe Quattromani, Doreen Galea, Mariele Żammit, Justin Galea, Josef Camileri, Jesmond Tedesco Triccas, Antonella Axisa, Gilbert Formosa, Marie Louise Vella, Christine Francalanza, Alison Abela, Sean Borg and others.