Ir-Rewwixta tal-Qassisin 1986

Ir-Rewwixta tal-Qassisin 1986 posterPremiered at the Manoel Theatre on 20th December 1986
Directed by Michael Fenech, Original Music composed by Manoel Pirotta
Renald Galea
Narratur: Ivan Fenech
Mons. Isqof Labini: J.C. Caruana
Ximenes: Mario Attard
Pellerano/Vigarju Generali: Joe Camilleri
Mannarino: Dominic Said
Qassis1/Mons. Lante: Manoel Cassar
Qassis 2/Sekular: Philip Mizzi
Kavallier 1: John Grech
Kavallier 2: Brian Muscat
Ragel 1/Qassis: Pawlu Schembri
Ragel 2/Skrivan: Aldo Briffa
Ragel 3/Qassis: David Agius
Ragel 5/Qassis: Simon Gatt
Mara 1: Lilian Pace
Mara 2: Marianne Muscat
Mannarino x-Xih: J.P. Borg

The play provides a constant shifting in time, space and viewpoint between a historical event, the Rising of the Priests in 1775 under Grandmaster Ximenes de Texada and its enactment on stage by a company of Maltese seminarians exactly 20 years later.  The play within the play is directed by the Rector of the Seminary, who is soon revealed as a propagandist for Grandmaster De Rohan whose allegedly kindly and enlightened rule the Rector wishes to contrast with the despotic rule of Ximenes and of Pinto, his predecessor. Unfortunately for the Rector, his students have different ideas.  They come out with lines he never wrote into the script; they insult Bishop Labini (a historical character) who has come to see the play and they refuse to perform the climactic scene of the rising, for they say it will only commemorate the cowardice of so many Maltese and so demoralise the present generation. Who were the contemporary targets in the play?  Most probably it was the Common Man. The main attack on them came from the mouth of a foreigner, the Italian Bishop of Malta Labini who interrupts the play within the play and predicts to Mannarino, on the eve of his uprising, that he will be deserted by his fellow countrymen, who, he said, can easily be bribed away and are content to be governed by foreigners.

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Programme: Ir-rewwixta tal-Qassisin 1986

Extracts from the play: Ir-Rewwixta tal-Qassisin L-ewwel 7 xeni