First performed at Spazju Kreattiv in 2009, Dú Theatre’s Appuntamenti centers around six characters who, over the course of the day, undergo several intertwined meetings with one another. This leads them to face truths and make decisions they’ve been ignoring, begging the question: Is doing good always the right thing to do?
Ten years on, the subject matter is still as poignant as ever: fleeting moments with unconventional strangers within our everyday lives, can teach us the most valuable lessons we could possibly fathom.
Simplicity, reigned supreme in the performance’s entirety.
The characters all bare elementary characteristics present at the core of our everyday lives. Naturally, there is a risk in writing and portraying these stock characters. One borders on a fine line between the authentic and the cliché, and whilst some characters stood out more than others for their genuineness (here I cannot not commend Kristjana Casha’s performance as Anna), Simone Spiteri’s pen gives all six characters an unfeigned flair which is recognised by different audience members facing different realities.
From a set design point of view the rundown elements of The Splendid walls
and the bare bench were enough to transport the audience into the ordinary setting. The simplistic elements worked so effortlessly together that the bus stop sign felt almost unnecessary within the setting.
Dú’s return to the stage over the past year has been an extremely relevant one, especially to the ever-changing theatre scene. Indeed, I believe the introduction of young blood to their productions (both on and off stage) further proves that Dú are stronger than ever; eager to teach and pass on their philosophy – one that has most definitely made them stand out as one of Malta’s most prominent theatre companies.
Photos taken by Droorizz Photography by Andrew Rizzo