Colin Fitz has been a regular feature of the Maltese stage since he was given his first speaking part at the Manoel Theatre, playing Sammy in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by William Inge. Since then, he’s played the Dame in pantomime and has featured in several musicals such as The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret. His most recent musical was last year’s long running Rock of Ages. He’s also appeared on local television and on stage in Shakespeare productions and several comedies, including the recurring Comedy Knights shows at the Salesians Theatre.
He had presented his first radio show back in 1992, on the now defunct Island Sound. Since then, he’s forged a successful career presenting popular shows on stations such as XFM and Campus FM. He currently presents a Saturday morning show on Magic Malta 91.7FM. He’s also written for various publications, spent four years as editor of First magazine, and has established himself as a reliable host and MC at various national events.
Date of Birth: 16th November
Star Sign: Scorpio
Media-related occupation: Actor, broadcaster and writer
You’re both a DJ and an actor. How do you juggle your personal and professional life?
It’s not that hard to balance the two, together with a full-time job. You just need to be organised and keep a diary to make sure you don’t double-book yourself or accept work that’s going to clash with something else that you’ve already accepted to do. Rehearsing for plays usually takes place in the evenings, after work, or at the weekends, while most of my work is done in the daytime. Stage shows are usually performed on weekend evenings so, again, they don’t disrupt work. It was even easier when radio was my full-time career, but I currently just do one show a week on Saturday mornings, because I love radio broadcasting too much to abandon it completely.
If you had to meet any other actor, who would it be and what would you talk about?
I’m a fan of the classic generation of actors from the mid-20th Century: actors like Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Cary Grant, James Stewart and Martin Landau, though I also like younger actors from more recent generations such as Michael Douglas and Tom Cruise. One of my absolute favourites is Patrick Stewart, however. I like science fiction, so I suppose I’d ask him about his experiences on Star Trek, although I’m sure he also has many stories to tell about being a young actor in the ’60s and ’70s when some of the giants of British theatre were in their twilight years. And just hearing that amazing voice of his in person would be a privilege.
What’s your general perception of the local drama field?
It’s very vibrant and varied at the moment. I remember a time when it was a purely amateur affair, with fairly small audiences, but now a producer can actually stage a show and make enough money from it to be able to finance the next production – or to make it worth investing a lot of time in, if you’re an actor. And there’s a lot more attention to detail now. Audiences have increased – both the Maltese and the expats who live or visit here are eager to watch high quality shows and it’s all very encouraging. There’s also a lot more dramatic or comedic writing going on, in both English and Maltese. Some great, boundary-pushing contemporary work is being created and I take my hat off to all the people driving this effort forward.
Is fashion an important part of your life?
Well, if you mean presenting at Malta Fashion Week, then yes, it’s hugely important. It’s one of my favourite events of the year, and I’m immensely proud to be associated with it in a small way. But – you may notice from photos – that I stick to conservative suits and tuxedos and don’t try to experiment too much with my clothes. I leave that to the designers, models and bloggers – unless I’m on stage, of course. I wish I had the creativity, dedication and time to focus on being a bit more sartorially individual. After all, listeners know me to be a fan of the 1980s do-it-yourself New Romantic music and image movement – but I don’t, so I try and stick to dark colours and simple suits and hope I don’t commit too many fashion faux pas as the paparazzi’s cameras flash.
Image credit: Goro Photography
What do you enjoy doing during your time off?
I love reading books and watching films that have a historical element to them. This interest in history extends to an interest in classic cars. I’ve also already mentioned an interest in science fiction. Of course, a lot of my time ‘off’ is spent rehearsing for theatre, or preparing music and information for my radio shows, and the few times I do have some time without commitments, I like nothing better than spending some quality time with family, friends or the cat.