‘I loved, I destroyed, I trusted. I hurt’.
These words encapsulate a ‘Silent Poem’ (‘poezija siekta’), central to the upcoming theatrical production on Palm Sunday. Someone from Nazareth is said to have lived, shouldered, nailed to his cross and sculpted it all for posterity when he emerged from his own tomb.
Dwal Godda’s theatrical production ‘Poezija Siekta’, as a part of the traditional Good Friday procession on Palm Sunday (the 25th March), closely examines mankind’s inner voice, calling everyone towards inner peace – from Pilate to Mary the Mother of Christ.
Taking place on an elaborate stage in Gharghur, the event will be a family theatrical feast, both traditional and para-liturgical, to raise the curtain on Holy Week celebrations. At 4.30pm, a group of young children will welcome the audience, and the first act will commence at 5.00pm, from the Nativity to the condemnation by Pilate.
The actors join the procession with the traditional statues, which meanders through the streets of Gharghur accompanied by the St Bartholomew Band and Pax Christi Choir. By sunset, the statues are halted in front of the stage. Biblical characters, together with contemporary ones, initiate a theatrical discussion about whether we are burying or silencing our inner voices. The audience can decide if the crucifixion should occur and whether Christ’s rise from the dead is just a fairy-tale.
Parts of the performance text is in English for emphasis, and in order to include visitors and non-Maltese spectators.
Entrance is free of charge. A free ‘park and ride’ shuttle will be operating, starting from the near the old Trade Fair grounds in Naxxar to Gharghur and back, between 3.30pm and 11.30pm.