INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR EDWARD MERCIECA

Better known for his huge Panto Dames, Edward Mercieca has been involved in very different genres of theatre and theatre styles, from Shakespeare to panto and from musical theatre to straight drama. Edward and his partner in crime, Marika, run Malta’s largest and most successful drama school, Stagecoach Performing Arts. Stagecoach offers drama, singing and dance classes to children aged from 4 to 18.

Edward has also been involved in the film industry for fourteen years since Gladiator was filmed in Malta, mainly as a local casting director for foreign films filmed in Malta. Films and TV Films he worked on include Troy (2000), Gods & Godesses (BBC documentary), The Miracles of Christ (BBC) 2005, Warriors (Napoleon-BBC, 2007), Commissario Rex (RAI TV) 2009, and Paul, Apostle of Christ (2017).

As an active figure in the Performing Arts industry in Malta, Edward has been involved in the Association of Performing Arts Practitioners (APAP) since its inception in 2010 as its President.

Eve: What has been the single greatest challenge in your career so far?

Edward Mercieca: One of my many challenges is life has been to maintain consistency in the quality of the product I give, be it, at Stagecoach or as an actor, or indeed as a parent. There is always something that threatens that consistency. Overcoming those threats is the challenge.

Eve: What’s the hardest part about being an actor and what’s the best?

EM: The show must go on… that’s the hardest thing really. You may not feel up to a show, you might be sick, or not feeling too good, but there is a paying audience that expects you to be your best, and so you have to be your best. That can be hard. Having said that, that feeling immediately disappears the moment I step on stage as my spirits soar from down below to way up high… dale stalle alle stele!! And that is the answer to the second part of the question. Stepping on stage is the best thing that can happen to me as an actor.

Eve: What do you enjoy doing during your time off?

EM: My next big passion is music. I love playing bass, I am in two bands and I get off on 70s rock. Away form work, that is my joy!

Eve: Is fashion an important part of your life?

EM: Not really. I have my go to clothes, nice shirts, comfy jeans… clothes that make me feel good. But that’s where it stops.

Eve: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

EM: The ability to shut the mouths of so many stupid and ignorant people! Mainly politicians.