JIENA NHOBB, INTI THOBB, the most controversial new original Maltese play is to hit the Manoel boards from 7th to 10th February. The plot is simple enough. A gay musician helps his gay friends to find a surrogate to to be inseminated with their sperm through IVF. Far from being a case of adoption, the gay couple decides to raise their own child, knowing that the practice of surrogacy is totally illegal in Malta. The consequences are as various as they are dramatic and heart breaking.

imageNotte Bianca artistic director Sean Buhagiar whom we have seen playing lead roles in Sulari Fuq Strada Stretta, Xbihat Ta Xi Whud Li Huma Kattolici, Indemonjat U Maltin Ohra, returns to the Manoel as a director in this explosive new play by Simon Bartolo in this year’s first production by Staġun Teatru Malti, on the 7th 8th 9th and 10th of February. His large cast is headed by Ray Calleja, together with Victor Debono, Davide Tucci, Clare Agius, Marilu Vella, Sharon Bezzina, Roderick Vassallo, and others including Peppi Azzopardi playing Peppi Azzopardi as the host of the show.

The Arts Fund and Teatru Manoel are enabling the local arts scene to take a massive leap forward with this drama. Just like last year’s performances of Clare Azzopardi’s In-Nisa Maltin Jafu Kif and Albert Marshall’s L’indemonjati U Maltin Ohra, Stagun Teatru Malti continues with the mandate of recognising local talent to produce high quality original Maltese theatre that dares address local issues in a way and style not found in traditional media outlets. This is controversial entertainment with a capital C, insisting on shedding the traditional dependency on imported theatrical works to allow our own playwrights and highly talented actors to give vent to their own artistic expression, addressing and exposing our own identity, warts and all. Do not miss this!

Booking is now open: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt, bookings@teatrumanoel.com.mt or 2124 6389. Cert 16. as the play contains nudity, coarse language and deals with adult themes.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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