Theatre training is booming in Malta, and more and more local students are choosing to follow their dreams by embarking on their professional training at some of the UK’s top performance colleges.
In the interim, musical theatre hopefuls can now sign up to A Week in the Life – a dynamic week-long theatre workshop designed by successful Maltese musical theatre graduate and performer Ben Darmanin. Taught by leading coaches in the industry who’ve worked with West End shows such as Les Misèrables, Phantom of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Billy Elliot, Matilda, The Lion King and Wicked, the workshop is now in its fourth year.
Image: Ben Darmanin
“The idea is to treat participants as though they were students at a London performance college,” says Mr Darmanin, who works extensively in the UK theatre industry, and has created the course specifically for Maltese students. “We nurture their talent while also taking them out of their comfort zone to give them a real taste of what the industry’s like.”
Each participant auditions to join the workshop and, once successful, can look forward to a jam-packed schedule of training in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, singing, improvisation, and acting, leading up to an end-of-week showcase. In addition, students also have the opportunity to watch West End shows and get exclusive backstage access.
“This workshop really is the perfect introduction to the industry, as it’s modeled on what it’s really like to train at a UK performing arts school, and it also enhances students’ experience of the great training they’re already receiving at home from Malta’s many performing arts schools,” says Mr Darmanin. “We’re looking for trainability. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new things, push yourself out of your comfort zone and discover whether this is the life you want for yourself – the life of a performer in London’s West End.”
A Week In the Life is packaged to include flights, accommodation, meals, transport and the full training schedule. Due to high demand, the team will be holding auditions in Malta in mid-October.
For further information and registration details, visit the Week in the Life website.