Maltese Performing Arts
Postal address: c/- 19 Daimler Avenue, Keilor Downs, Victoria 3038
Date founded: 1984
Association Objectives. The purposes for which the Association was formed were as folows:
- to promote and keep alive the Maltese culture by staging productions with a Maltese flavour, including drama, comedy, musicals amd song contests;
- to encourage and enrich talent in the young and old; and
- to entertain the Maltese community.
The Association was formed in 1984 and registered as an incorporated association the following year.
The first committee consisted of John Zammit as President, Reno Demicoli as Secretary, Ray Anastasi as Treasurer, Arthur Manché as PRO, Albert Marshall as Artictic Director, Vince Pulo as Musical Director and the following as Committee Members : Josie Grech, Marie-Louise Anastasi, Lillian Manché, and George Brincat.
The inaugural production was a musical comedy Is-Sonata ta’ l-Emigrant directed by Albert Marshall and music by Vince Pulo performed by local talent. It was staged at the Dallas Brooks Hall to an audience of about 3,000 people. This great show was also televised on the multicultural channel, SBS TV.
Another successful production was Il-Ħanut ta’ Dwinu written by Manwel Casha specifically for the Association and performed for the first time on 19 September 1992. This performance formed part of the Maltese Cultural Festival organised by the MCCV. It was followed by Dwinu u l-Kuntest tat-Talent, written by Marie-Louise Anastasi, with songs and music by Manwel Casha. This production was staged twice in September 1994 and also formed part of the Maltese Cultural Festival.
Ray Anastasi has been President for most of the life of the Association. The last performance was that of Iz-Ziggy jibdel Fehmtu staged in 2004 with Charlie (“iż-Żiffa”) Zammit and Edwin Baldacchino playing the main parts.