The Shrinking Violets to present ghostly children’s show in Maltese

The theatre collective’s first ever show in Maltese is adapted from the acclaimed children’s book ‘Il-Fatat Kaħlani’
The cast: (from left) Sean Borg, Jeremy Grech and Michela Farrugia. Photo: Emma Micallef

The Shrinking Violets are gearing up for their latest show, this time for families and young children.

After their sellout performance of Miscast last November, this dynamic theatre collective is presenting Il-Fatat Kaħlani in March.

Led by five powerhouse female theatre practitioners – Chiara Hyzler, Denise Mulholland, Maria Buckle, Jo Caruana, and Cathy Lawlor – The Shrinking Violets are renowned for their captivating performances, including Jamboy, presented at the 2019 ŻiguŻajg children’s festival.

Il-Fatat Kaħlani, a vibrant adaptation of Clare Azzopardi and Leanne Ellul’s beloved children’s book of the same name, promises colourful characters and musical merriment as audiences embark on a whimsical journey set in the heart of the Railway Station Garden in Birkirkara.

Meet Mundu, a funny and friendly railway conductor whose stories will delight young and old. He knows all there is to know about the ghosts that inhabit the station – ghosts full of fun, each with a story to tell. Some have been around for a long time and some are new arrivals, including Kaħlani, an opera-singing ghost who is also an expert in causing chaos.

Under the creative direction of Bettina Paris and the book’s adaptation by Maria Buckle, Il-Fatat Kaħlani features a stellar cast, including Sean Borg, Michela Farrugia, and Jeremy Grech.

“We’re brewing up an unforgettable experience”

Adding to the enchantment are delightful puppets crafted by Matthew Pandolfino and music composed by Luke Saydon, who contributes his unique spin on classical music. All this and more, set against the historic backdrop of the Birkirkara Railway Station, complete with the last surviving carriage of the Malta Railway.

“We are absolutely thrilled to present our very first Maltese production, especially one designed for the little ones!” the collective said.

“With our incredible cast and dedicated team, we’re brewing up an unforgettable experience. So, gather round, kids of all ages, and join us at the Railway Station Garden for a journey brimming with wonder and mischief, courtesy of our playful and cheeky spectral friends!”

The Shrinking Violets’ production of Il-Fatat Kaħlani is supported by Arts Council Malta. Performances will take place at the Railway Station Garden (Ġnien l-Istazzjon), Birkirkara, on March 23 at 3pm and March 24 at 10.30am and noon. Booking is now open at https://tnd.com.mt/. More information about The Shrinking Violets is available on their Facebook page.

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