CATCHING UP WITH BRYAN MUSCAT

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Photo credits to Chris Gravino

Date of Birth: 31st January, 1967

Location: B’Kara

Status: Happily married

Star Sign: Aquarius

Main occupation: Teacher

Media-related occupation: Director / producer / writer / actor

Bryan Muscat had shown an interest in theatre and film from an early age, when he had landed his first role as Marcellino in Marcellino Pane e Vino at the age of five. During his secondary education at Savio College, he took part in all the plays that the school organised. These alone were not satisfying enough, so he organised small productions on the side by convincing friends to take part in plays he’d have scripted himself.

At the age of 20, Bryan tapped into the field of directing and used this assets unreservedly for school productions. He was approached by Pawlu Testa of Teatru Rjal in 1997 to direct his first ever public production, Ġesu ta’ Nażaret.

He went on to direct several musicals, dramas and comedies, and he also directed the black comedy No More Pickled Onions at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 1998. Together with his wife Louise, he co-founded Lemonhead Productions. On the local television scene, Bryan was part of the 80s popular satire Aħna Aħna jew M’aħniex? He started his television producing adventure in October 2001, when he was offered to produce a daily kids programme, Bugz@Net. He then created, produced and also directed the popular kids daily Mini Bugz.

As a TV actor, Bryan performed a minor role in Mark Doneo’s L-iSpettur Lowell on One TV, a main role in Mark Warner’s Nru. 9, and a secondary role in Mark Doneo’s Miriana. He is currently directing and acting in 26th Frame’s Andrew & Sue.

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If any of my readers were interested in trying to break into acting, what would you recommend them to start with?

I would suggest to go to a drama school and work hard at it. It’s easy to get a role and be on TV, but to become a good actor, one needs to work very hard every day.

If you could work with any other person in your field, who would it be and why?

Undoubtedly, it would have to be Daniel Day Lewis. He’s such a great actor. He’s more that great! He is the epitome of acting. He is someone I am in awe of. His excellence is pure.

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What’s your normal preparation process before a performance?

I perform a sort of meditation, where I listen to a piece of music which I associate with the character or the whole production, close my eyes, and let the music flow. It’s obviously easier when working on a theatre production, but it’s different on set. The preparation is done well before. You have to study the character and define the role well ahead of the first filming.

What, to you, is the best thing in life?

To love and be loved in return.

Does your nervous system sometimes feel so frazzled that you just have to take a time out?

Sometimes yes, but hardly ever.

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