The venue in Malta is in this awesome location, just outside the centre of the capital city Valleta. It is in the middle of gardens but really high up so you can see for miles.
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The venue in Malta is in this awesome location, just outside the centre of the capital city Valleta. It is in the middle of gardens but really high up so you can see for miles. I was generally really shocked by Malta because it has the look of the Middle East, with yellow buildings and really dry ground, but you have English signs everywhere!
We arrived by plane the day before the first show, so we had that evening and also the whole of the next day to look around. The set was driven here though and so they arrived a few hours later than us. When they arrived they couldn’t set up during the daytime because it is too hot for them, instead they have to wake up really early in order to do it in the cooler morning temperatures. The warm temperature is also why we don’t perform until 9 o’clock in the evening.
We have a lot of people coming from the capital to see our play so it is really well attended. There have been a lot of young people in the audience and they seem to be really enjoying it; they are a really attentive audience. They also seem to be quite familiar with the play and so react at all the right moments. The audience are in seating which is unlike what we have ever had in an outside venue before. The seats are tiered, going quite far back and also spread quite wide. On our first night it was really windy, so although we kept cool, it blasted across the stage and meant it was hard on our voices; we had to really project to get to be heard by the whole audience.
On one of the days Amanda and I went to see a really old theatre in Malta called the Manoel. It’s actually the third oldest theatre in Europe. Although it is shut for the summer due to high temperatures we were still able to take a tour. I guess the Manoel basically works in an opposite manner to the Globe, in that it closes in the warmer months whilst the Globe opens!