The Malta Independent 26 November 2022, Saturday
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Exclusive Malta-set adaptation of German classic ‘Spring Awakening’ to be performed in November

Sunday, 25 September 2022, 09:29 Last update: about 2 months ago

The play, originally set in 19th century rural Germany, will be adapted by Brad Birch to reflect Malta in 2022

Adrian Buckle (formerly of Unifaun Theatre Productions) is bringing German classic Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind to Spazju Kreattiv, as part of the Spazju Kreattiv season. The play is produced by Buckle in collaboration with the Malta Drama Centre and is supported by the Malta Arts Fund.

The story follows a group of youths as they come of age, discover sex, battle with their studies and put their friendships to the test. The play was originally written and set in 19th century rural Germany but is being adapted and set in contemporary Malta by award-winning playwright Brad Birch. It will be directed by top UK director James Grieve, the former artistic director of UK maverick Theatre Company Paines Plough, and who has also directed a number of musicals including Les Misérables and Cabaret in Europe.

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"I am thrilled to be back in the producer's chair with this Malta-set version of Spring Awakening," says Buckle. "Although our version of the story takes place over 100 years after Wedekind's original, its central themes are timeless, as a group of young people grapple with numerous challenges, compounded by an unwanted pregnancy. It is undoubtedly an emotional story - yet, despite the seriousness of the central topic, the play is light in nature, with many comic moments."

The ensemble includes Jamie Busuttil Griffin, Alex Weenink, Gianluca Mifsud, Richard Siauciulis, Greta Holland, Ann-Marie Buckle, Sophie Staples, Julia Camilleri and Hannah Gatt, with Pia Zammit and Paul Portelli taking on the adult roles.

"I am truly energised by the opportunity to collaborate once more with my friend and frequent collaborator Brad Birch and with prolific director James Grieve. Not to mention the excitement of seeing some of Malta's best up-and-coming young actors going through their paces to bring the play to life," continues Buckle.

"Spring Awakening promises to be a powerful and thought-provoking piece of theatre, not least due to its Malta setting, which will I hope - as ever - generate much discussion!" he concludes.

This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund.

'Spring Awakening' is suitable for audiences aged 16+. Performances will take place on 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 November at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta. Visit  https://www.kreattivita.org/en/event/spring-awakening/2022-11-04/ to book tickets and for further information


Photos: Darrin Zammit Lupi
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