Adrian Buckle: ‘I am a come-on-too-strong, shut-up-sit-down kind of person’

Unifaun director Adrian Buckle finally raised the curtain on Anthony Nielson’s ‘Stitching’ after 10 years of controversy, a play once deemed too ‘shocking’ to be seen in Malta

Adrian Buckle: My biggest challenge has been producing plays I wrote because I was exposing myself a bit more than I was used to
Adrian Buckle: My biggest challenge has been producing plays I wrote because I was exposing myself a bit more than I was used to

Adrian Buckle studied Theatre at the Mikelang Borg Drama Centre after which, he worked with MADC (Malta Amateur Drama Club) for some years, mainly directing one-act plays. He went on to found Unifaun Theatre in order to concentrate more on theatre that investigates and researches the human character, emotions and behaviour.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Swear cause it’s too early

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be yourself, no matter what they say

What do you never leave the house without?   


Pick three words that describe yourself

I am a come-on-too-strong; I am a shut-up-sit-down kind of person

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?   


What is your guiltiest pleasure?   


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?   

Know your limits

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

My car

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?   

Autism is not a handicap

Who’s your inspiration? Why?   

Edward Bond because his theatre speaks to my soul

What has been your biggest challenge? Why?   

Producing plays I wrote because I was exposing myself a bit more than I was used to

If you weren’t in theatre, what would you be doing?   


Do you believe in God?   

It’s complicated

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Peter Gabriel

What’s your worst habit?   


What are you like when you’re drunk?


Who would you have play you in a film?   

Charlie Hunnam

What is the trait you most deplore in others?   


What music would you have played at your funeral?

I would have Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode fame compose a score purposely

What is your most treasured material possession?   

A signed copy of Edward Bond’s Olly’s Prison

What is your earliest memory?   

Waiting at home while my mother was in hospital delivering my brother.

When did you last cry, and why?

I lost that ability long ago.

Who would you most like to meet? Why?

Peter Gabriel, Shawn Mendes, Alan Wilder because their music inspires me

What’s your favourite food?   


Who’s your favourite person on social media right now?   

That’s personal

If you could travel in time, where would you go?

The future

What book are you reading right now?   

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series

If you could have any super power, what would it be?   


What’s one thing you want to do before you die?   

Make sure my kids are cared for

What music are you listening to at the moment?   

Shawn Mendes

In the shower or when you’re working out, what do you sing/listen to?   

Depeche Mode


Stitching is finally being staged after an eight-year ban. How do you feel now that you can finally produce the play?   


There are many performances coming up soon, what should theatre-goers expect from Unifaun Theatre Productions this year?

Stitching in September, Clare Azzopardi’s Tebut Isfar in October, The Acrobat (a gay vampire comedy) in February and Macbeth in March

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