SPOTLIGHT ON ALISON ABELA

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Date of Birth: 10th June, 1979

Where do you live: Iklin

Status: Married

Star Sign: Gemini

Main occupation: Primary Teacher

Media-related occupation: Actress

Alison Abela had started her theatre career at a very young age, however she considers her turning point to have been the leading role of Sophie in the musical, The BFG, adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic. She then enrolled at the Drama Centre where she completed her local training and obtained her LAMDA qualifications. She was also cast in the trilingual The Bacchae by Euripides, as part of the INDA Festival at Syracuse. Other theatre credits include various poetry interpretations for l-Akkademja tal-Malti, as well as television roles in Ingroppi, Riħ Isfel, Salib it-Toroq, il-Klikka, Midinbin and Becky.

Her theatre credits also include her leading role in Valerjana: Gżejret l-Iġġant, and she is currently part of the amazing cast of Tikber u Tinsa, written by Simon Bartolo, which will be held at St. James Cavalier in mid-October 2015. With regards to international productions, Alison has been cast in the thriller Gemelle for the Mediaset sequel Sei Passi nel Giallo. Together with a group of friends, she formed the Bakkanti Troupe, a theatre company who strive to move away from formal theatres and put up performances in unconventional venues.

Were you always aware of your acting skills?

I enjoy what I do and that’s what matters mostly. In theatre, you must be passionate about a role you are assigned with, because you must become that person in order to feel their emotions and live their moment. Acting is a discipline and I believe that, as with all disciplines, it’s vital to never feel accomplished. There is always so much to learn, every director/author/colleague gives you a piece of their baggage which you can either cherish or ignore.

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Aside from acting, what other things do you cherish in life?

I’m in love with whatever has to do with self-expression. I believe it’s fundamental for anyone to cherish their creativity in life. Creativity is the key that allows freedom of expression and I support this phenomenon both as a teacher and actress. I truly feel that one should not feel embarrassed to experiment, irrespective of their peers.

What are your major causes of stress?

In today’s day and age, blessed are those who manage to lead a stress-free life. Many are the everyday situations that cause stress. However I mostly get stressed out when I’m faced with situations which make me feel helpless. Dealing with kids has made me realise that year after year, the urge for tomorrow’s children to be loved and nurtured is always on the increase. I am not going to go into what may be causing this urge, because every child has different needs, but instead, as an educator my only focus is to make the children look forward to coming to school. That is my personal stress buster, because in trying to make them happy makes me the happiest of all.

What is your most treasured possession, and why?

My family is the most important thing to me. I have been blessed, because they have always been there for me. I would not have accomplished a quarter of what I have had it not been for their continuous support, patience and understanding.