The Malta Independent 22 February 2020, Saturday

Proceeds from Maltese play ‘Zayden’ to help local homeless

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 09:11 Last update: about 8 months ago

A one-hour play in Maltese titled Zayden will be one of this summer's most impactful performances.

The show tackles homelessness - challenging the misconception that this is not an issue in Malta. It argues that, while we might not see people begging on the streets every day, homelessness is nevertheless a reality across the country.

"I am excited to be staging this production in Maltese. It will make you laugh, it will make you shed a tear," says Zayden playwright and director Tyrone Grima. "Most of all, though, you will feel the need to change the situation and make this world a better place."

Grima has skilfully composed the tale of Zayden, a young Maltese man who was homeless for several years. In the play, we are taken on a journey through Zayden's life to understand homelessness in Malta. Never one to dwell on doom and gloom though, Zayden also shares humorous stories about escaping the police and stealing fruit from San Anton Gardens. These portrayals of the lighter side of life, in spite of adversity, bring the starkness of homelessness hauntingly close to home.

Zayden is produced in collaboration with the Salesians of Don Bosco. The show's proceeds will go towards their work to help young homeless men build a better future.

'Zayden' will be on at The Splendid, Valletta, opening at 8pm on 25 July and continuing on 26, 27, 28 July with two performances per night at 7.30pm and 9pm. Tickets and more information are available at

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