Marjelena – A Play Produced By The Bakkanti Troupe
Marjelena’s sorrows are not so different from her joys, and that which happened in the past seems to haunt her till this very day. Although she has been abused in different ways in the past, her suffering now does not differ.
But what had happened to Marjelena? And who is she? What does she do?
Marjelena is the first play penned by Leanne Ellul which is to be staged. Directed by Josette Ciappara and produced by the Bakkanti Troupe, namely Alison Abela, Louise Fenech, Gilbert Formosa, Mandy Mifsud, Olivia-Ann Marmarà, David Scicluna Giusti and Aldo Zammit – all actors in the play.
The play will be held between 21-23 November and 28-30 November at 8pm at Pjazza Teatru Rjal (Green Room).
Tickets are available from www.activemalta.com. The €15 ticket includes a glass of wine. This play is endorsed by the Arts Council Malta.
The link to the event’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/events/507761845993228
Playwright’s bio note
Leanne Ellul (1989-____) writes poetry, prose and plays. She is also the cowriter of a new series of textbooks, together with Clare Azzopardi. For the past three years, she has taught Maltese at secondary level and she is now pursuing her studies at an MA level.
Some of her works have been translated to English, French and Chinese. In 2013, she won the Premju Francis Ebejer for the best Maltese script, which is to be staged early next year.
Together with another four Maltese writers, Leanne has recently been selected for a European project in China. She holds the position of Public Relations Officer of the Għaqda tal-Malti – Università, and in 2013, together with Kit Azzopardi, she started working on the cultural initiative KUL.
Director’s bio note
Josette Ciappara was amongst the first group of students to graduate from MTADA in 1978. She went on to study at the Conservatoire Superieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Amongst her many roles, she played the leading roles in Phaedre, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, The Good Person of Szechwan.
She has directed for both theatre and television – her latest work being Il-Kennies tal-Ġenna at Pjazza Teatru Rjal. She formed part of the Drama Unit and has acted and directed various TIE programmes. She was also Principal of the Drama Centre for five years.
Actor’s bio note
The Bakkanti Troupe was founded in the summer of 2010 and it is made up of seven members, namely Alison Abela, Gilbert Formosa, Louise Fenech, Mandy Mifsud, Olivia Ann Pace Marmarà, David Scicluna Giusti and Aldo Zammit.
The idea to set up a troupe began in 2008 at Palazzoulo in Sicily, where a number of the group members were taking part in the Greek tragedy, The Bacchae, an inspiration to the group’s name. As a group, they continued to nurture the ideas of each and everyone one of them, and above all, their friendship.
The Bakkanti Troupe works on local productions in Maltese, mostly on original scripts and in spaces which are not considered as theatres. Their aim is to produce high quality plays that are accessible to everybody and not only to those who are into theatre.
In these past few years, they have taken part in several productions, two of which are Plautus Strait and Meta Toħlom Strada Stretta (When Strait Street Dreams).