The Shrink­ing Vi­o­lets to stage ‘Ernest and the Pale Moon’ by Oliver Lans­ley

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - STAGE -

As Hal­loween ap­proaches, new the­atre col­lec­tive The Shrink­ing Vi­o­lets is get­ting ready to stage a gothic-style hor­ror in­spired by the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Al­fred Hitch­cock.

Ernest and the Pale Moon by Oliver Lans­ley will be held at Palazzo de la Salle in Val­letta on 27, 28, 29 Oc­to­ber and 3, 4, 5 Novem­ber. The spine-chill­ing show will star Thomas Camil­leri, Jo Caru­ana, Chris Galea and Chiara Hy­zler, and is be­ing di­rected by Denise Mulholland.

“Based on a short story by Lans­ley, the play fo­cuses on Ernest Hemel, a man who spends his days watch­ing the beau­ti­ful young woman who lives in the apart­ment block op­po­site,” ex­plains Mulholland. “Upon see­ing her with an­other man, he is thrown into a jeal­ous rage which ap­pears to have cat­a­strophic con­se­quences – al­though all may not be what it first seems...”

Ernest and the Pale Moon is be­ing pro­duced by The Shrink­ing Vi­o­lets, a new the­atre col­lec­tive led by Maria Buckle, Jo Caru­ana, Chiara Hy­zler, Cathy Lawlor and Denise Mulholland. The col­lec­tive is pri­mar­ily fo­cused on cre­at­ing dy­namic, col­lab­o­ra­tive work in co­op­er­a­tion with other artists from Malta and be­yond.

“We chose Ernest and the Pale Moon as our first piece be­cause it has given us plenty of scope for col­lab­o­ra­tion, with artists in­clud­ing Luke Say­don, who has writ­ten the orig­i­nal score and Moritz Za­van Stoeckle and Late In­ter­ac­tive who have cre­ated the light­ing de­sign and con­cept,” Mulholland con­tin­ues. “We hope that this script, which was first staged at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val in 2009 to great ac­claim, will pro­vide the first of many op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to high­light the won­der­ful tal­ent that ex­ists within Malta’s dy­namic artis­tic pool.”

Open­ing night tick­ets are priced at €15, with all other per­for­mances at €20. Tick­ets for are avail­able on­line at www.tick­et­line.com.mt

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