Qaħba Jien?

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - STAGE -

It’s not that com­mon to have a mono­logue per­formed lo­cally by a fe­male. Only a very few cases come to mind. Qaħba Jien? is a mono­logue to be staged at St James Cav­a­lier this com­ing Novem­ber. The ac­tress Sarah Camil­leri, known for the­atre and tele­vi­sion drama such as Deċe­duti, Iċ-Ċaqq­ufa, Vittmi, Di­vi­sion 7 and Tereża, be­lieves this is one of the main chal­lenges in her ca­reer.

Qaħba Jien? fea­tures a woman, gifted by na­ture, and known by ev­ery­one as the “whore”. Ev­ery­one has his own ver­sion why she is known that way. The men put on a ma­cho act, boast­ing about what they did and didn’t do with her, even those who she doesn’t even know of. On the other hand, ladies are jeal­ous of her, and are very fond of be­ing jeal­ous of her! They see her gar­ner­ing more at­ten­tion than they could ever do.

Be­ing called a “whore” is not a joke. Have you ever met some­one known as a whore? Have you ever been called so your­self? Or have you ever called some­one else a “whore”? Be­fore ut­ter­ing the word, have you ever tried to walk in her shoes? Have you ever tried walk­ing in a street where ev­ery­one looks your way and whis­pers neg­a­tive com­ments about you? Have you ever lis­tened to a whore’s story? Who will cast the first stone?

The story kicks off in the 80s… a story of a nor­mal fam­ily with all its ups and downs. But doubts, abuses and bul­ly­ing turn ev­ery­thing up­side down. Gos­sip makes things worse and only one way for­ward seems pos­si­ble. At one mo­ment, ev­ery­thing ap­pears to start get­ting bet­ter, un­til…

Qaħba Jien? re­flects the feel­ings of per­sons with no voice in so­ci­ety. It cre­ates a silent di­a­logue with the au­di­ence, echo­ing dif­fer­ent episodes in ev­ery­one’s life. Well known ac­tor Mario Mi­callef will be di­rect­ing this mono­logue. He has a vast ex­pe­ri­ence in one-man shows as he is the ac­tor who did the most mono­logues in Malta.

Joe Ju­lian Far­ru­gia wrote and is pro­duc­ing this show. He is well known in song writ­ing, tele­vi­sion and the­atre drama and bi­o­graph­i­cal pro­duc­tions.

Qaħba Jien? is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Val­letta18 and is part of the Spazju Kreat­tiv pro­gramme. It will be staged on 3, 4 and 5 Novem­ber at the St. James Cav­a­lier The­atre as its size pro­vides the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for such a per­for­mance. Tick­ets can be pur­chased from St James Cav­a­lier book­ing of­fice dur­ing of­fice hours, or on­line on: http://www.kreat­tivita.org/event/q ahba-jien/

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