MALTA STRIKES OIL! ‘SIBNA Ż-ŻEJT’
The year is 2036! A boisterously merry satire where Joseph Muscat is still in power, ruling over Malta with most of the electorate behind him. He yearns to end his career honourably but will not, cannot resign, not with such a devout following, including a faction that is ready to declare him King of Malta. And now comes the news that Malta has struck it rich, rich beyond anyone’s expectations. Oil is found, right under the Addolorata Cemetery! So then come the reactions from the PN, the Curia, the business class elite, China, Eurasia and so many more. Hilarious is an understatement.
The script is written by one of Malta’s most satirical pens, Wayne Flask. “The satire is scathing,” says Director Sean Buhagiar, who returns to the boards after directing last year’s smash hit JIENA NĦOBB, INTI TĦOBB. “It’s open season on anybody who’s somebody in the political sphere … and beyond. Wayne is not very forgiving, and his satire is truly clever and his comedy blatantly tongue in cheek.”
SIBNA IŻ-ZEJT [We’ve found oil] goes beyond the usual ‘send-off’ of local politics. Murder, conspiracy, blackmail, kidnapping, and a coup d’état, are only some of the plot points on the evening’s comedy menu. Included in this futuristic world, is the technological possibility to seek advice from deceased souls. Consequently, when Joseph needs to take a moment to reflect and ponder his choices, he resorts to the ‘M solution,’ a machine that enables him to confer with Mintoff himself! And on and on it goes!
What’s truly refreshing is that the play retains the original names of the people it is satirising, and there are a lot of them. “It’s all in good fun, with a not-so-subtle pulling of political ears,” adds Mario Philip Azzopardi, Stagun Teatru Malti’s (STM) producer. “What makes this production (our ninth) different, is that Wayne Flask’s script is really an intelligent farce about our political spectrum, daring the audience to take a good, funny look at our own exasperating, frustrating, infuriating, maddening, political shenanigans.”
This is nothing new for STM, which prides itself on producing only daring, often controversial, new and original theatrical plays about the Maltese Experience. Going by their past successes so far, this promises to be a hilarious, delicately sculpted piece of professional theatre to remember.
STM is presenting SIBNA IŻ-ŻEJT at the Manoel for eight performances, including a Matinee on Sunday. The stellar cast is made up of some of our best comedic talent, including Mario Micallef, Simon Curmi, Ronald Briffa, JP Busuttil, Manuel Cassar, Gilbert Formosa, Clive Piscopo, Luke Dalli, Alan Fenech, Frank Tanti, Triccas, Brussels-based actress Antonella Axisa and Peter Busuttil’s return to the Manoel.
A great cast, fresh direction and an original, hysterical script. This one is really not to be missed. STM’s second offering this season will be presented at the Manoel Theatre on 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th May.
Booking is open at the Manoel box office or online at www.teatrumanoel.com.mt