INTERVIEW WITH SARAH CAMILLERI

Date of Birth: 21st July, 1978

Where do you live? San Gwann

Status: Married

Star Sign: Cancer

Main occupation: Drama teacher

Media-related occupation: Actress/dancer/choreographer

SARAH CAMILLERI started dancing at the age of four. She gained her training under the supervision of Alison White and obtained a diploma in Modern Dance M.B.T.D.A. (British Theatre Dance Association), and in Classical Ballet M.B.T.D.A. She also obtained a Distinction in ‘Gold Cup’ in the Medal Test exams. From the age of fourteen, she was often asked to participate in various local television programmes, sometimes even as a resident dancer.

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Sarah continued her studies at the University of Malta where she obtained a B.A. in Theatre Studies & Communications and obtained a P.G.C.E in Drama. She also studied musical theatre and acting under the supervision of Patrick Vella and obtained various certificates from Trinity College.

As a dancer, the list of performances in which Sarah has taken part is very long. To mention a few, her repertoire includes six pantomimes with MADC, the Malta Music Awards, the Malta Fashion Awards and Malta Song for Europe. She formed part of the Alison White Dancers and performed regularly in cabaret shows, which also involved performing on a cruise ship for over ten years. Over the years, she has choreographed and performed in seventeen musicals and a number of concerts

As an actress, Sarah has held both main and supporting roles on local TV dramas, including Is-Salib tal-Fidda, Nru 9, Dellijiet, Deċeduti, Iċ-Ċaqqufa, Dejjem Tiegħek Becky and Eklissi. She is currently playing the part of Emma in Vittmi, which is on every Sunday evening.

Sarah has also taken part in many local theatre productions, such as Il-Mizien Fetaħ Għajnejh, Ħafna Frattarija Għalxejn (Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing), Disney Re-tuned, Shadows and Gods, In Search of Simone, Bariona, and her latest and most favourite production, Kristu f’Strada Stretta. She has also taken part in a number of short films, adverts and two feature films which were shown in local cinemas.

Sarah has also had the opportunity to study, act and dance in England, Italy, Vienna and Berlin which were amazing experiences. Today, she works at St Albert College where she prepares students for their Trinity College exams.

Can you describe your state of mind when you are acting?

When acting, I focus totally on the role I am playing. My life and I fade into the background. I become totally engrossed in the situation the character is in and I do my best to portray the emotions and relationships the character has with herself and with the other characters in that particular scene. This differs drastically whether its theatre or TV. It’s like being someone else with a little infusion of yourself.

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What’s wrong with the world today?

In my opinion, the problems in today’s world all stem from greed and self-obsession. People steal, sell what’s not theirs, fight and kill for power, breed animals irresponsibly and mistreat them. They exploit women and children and destroy our countryside. This is miles away from the simple, spiritual and harmonious life we should be sharing in our beautiful world! This hurts me a lot.

What, in your opinion, are the three most important attributes in a man?

First and foremost, he mustn’t feel superior to the people around him. Secondly, he must be fun to be with and should be able to make you laugh. I also think that he should respect the person he’s with and be loyal.

What role does technology play in your life?

I’m not a technical person at all, and although I cannot live my life without it, it frustrates me when I need to ask for help. I hate repetition and what’s not abstract, and I’ve never read an instruction book in my life. I tend to experiment with technology which at times gets me into trouble. I suppose I should say that I have a love/hate relationship with technology!

What percentage of your life do you spend shopping?

Very little. I don’t have much time for that, so I go in and out of shops quite quickly and always leave my shopping for the last minute. This differs when I’m quite free and in the mood. I never plan to go shopping, and the only person I enjoy shopping with is my husband and if he cannot come with me, I really don’t mind going alone.

How do you normally relax when it all gets too much?

I never completely relax and that’s a fault. But when I’m not working, I like to dine out with my son and husband or share a bottle of wine. I love watching films and I do that very often. Meeting my closest friends for a laugh is always great. Gozo is also a relaxing location for me and anywhere near the sea since I’m in love with it. Going abroad offers me mental relaxation!