CATCHING UP WITH ALDO ZAMMIT

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Date of Birth: 28th October, 1980

Location: Qrendi

Status: Single

Star Sign: Scorpio

Main occupation: Actor and Drama Teacher

Aldo works as a full-time actor and drama mentor with the Department of Education. Besides performing, his work entails writing and directing various scripts to be performed for different schools. Aldo used to teach and direct drama and performing arts following the syllabus of Trinity and Guildhall. He’s also played the piano and the guitar, and has sung live during several productions.

Aldo has attended and participated in courses mainly focusing on Augusto Boal and the Theatre of Oppression, Greek tragedy and theatre, and also Method Acting. He’s worked on several productions, both local and abroad, and some of his most recent work includes Achtung Achtung Europa and 20,ooo Reasons.

How did you first discover drama and how do you nurture your acting skills?

The first time I acted on stage was in my primary school years, but I don’t recall a particular moment when I actually discovered it. It was more of a moment where I discovered how much it takes over my life. I believe that most children are born actors, but as they age, they drift off from their childhood characteristics and one which they leave behind is acting. I managed to keep it and cultivate it too, but that’s far from enough.

A good way to keep improving oneself as an actor is to observe carefully the details of everything around you, meditate about them, listen more than speak, and absorb – just like a child! William Shakespeare wrote, “The earth has music for those who listen.” Besides that, be true to your emotions and put some of them into each character you play.

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How would you describe the local drama scene?

I think it’s improving in the technical sense, but still lacks from the creative side. I think that some theatre practitioners try to imitate too much other well established styles rather than listen to what their inner creative voice asks of them. It’s true, you can learn from someone who’s succeeded before you, but you should also try new ideas and concepts. I believe that we are a creative nation, however our creativity is hindered by the fear of failing. For me the biggest failure is not trying at all.

Ezra Pound once said, “The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention or a discovery is of little worth.”

What do you think are the three most important attributes in a woman?

Depth in her eyes, depth in her character, and personal style.

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What is your greatest obsession?

I’ve got quite a spectrum of obsessions, starting from the simple fact that red wine is to be drunk out of proper red wine glasses only, ranging to the thirst of all that is unknown, obscured or meaningless, with the eventful correlation of the two obsessions and all in between happening at the same time.

How do you relax and get away from it all?

Several ways! Playing the piano or music, meditating, swimming or looking at the sea, riding my bicycle, or drinking red wine. Some of them can be done simultaneously and relaxation becomes amusement.

What do you enjoy most about fashion?

I’m more interested in personal style rather than fashion. From my point of view, fashion is a trendy optional uniform, and some of those uniforms don’t suit everyone. However, I like the fact that fashionably, people are trying to look prettier and perhaps when they feel prettier they might feel happier.

2016