V18 project explores the heart of Birgu

The Valletta 2018 Foundation announced a collaboration with TMYT (Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre) on a performance based on the Qatt Ma Ninsa – Life at Sea which was held at the Malta Maritime Museum, in June.

Qatt Ma Ninsa – Birgu is based on research conducted in June. Photo by Tomoko Goto
Qatt Ma Ninsa – Birgu is based on research conducted in June. Photo by Tomoko Goto

Qatt ma Ninsa – Birgu (I will never forget – Vittoriosa) is an imaginary journey into the soul of the city of Birgu.

Birgu has a long and diverse history, with maritime and military links; its stories, troubles and victories can still be seen in its facades and streets. Ten young actors from TMYT have spent the last two months discovering these stories that make up the soul of this very special city and together have created a promenade performance that will take visitors on a journey around the city.

Inspired by the recent exhibition and collective memory project held at the Maritime Museum, Qatt Ma Ninsa – Birgu weaves everyday stories with historical fact, in an imaginary narrative of four individuals. The four protagonists will fall in and out of love, meet their friends, families and ancestors, tell stories from their past and share their hopes and fears.

The audience will follow these characters from one historical place to another within Birgu.

Qatt Ma Ninsa – Birgu uses theatrical means to understand, explore and appreciate the unique character of this magical city. The performance encourages spectators to find out more about Birgu's identity and ultimately the Maltese identity.

Qatt Ma Ninsa – Birgu is organised by Valletta 2018 Foundation, in collaboration with TMYT and Heritage Malta, as well as the Birgu Local Council and the people of Birgu.

The event will be held on September 12-14 September at 19:30. Tickets at €5 can be purchased online at teatrumanoel.com.mt