MARA is an original, multidisciplinary piece, celebrating women through time by means of sound manipulation and electro-acoustic music, performed live by The New Victorians. An ensemble-driven piece starring an all-female Maltese company.
From inventors and scientists, to artists and activists. From musicians and politicians, to writers, to fighters, to mothers. MARA is an audio-theatrical journey through time, highlighting the fact that every story is worth telling, and that no voice should be silenced.
MARA is on the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Theatre Fund 2019 shortlist.
The New Victorians are a songwriting sister-duo from Malta. Both multi-instrumentalists, Bettina and Philippa Cassar have an interest in the dramaturgical potential of live sound manipulation and original electro-acoustic music in theatre.
2011 saw the conception of The New Victorians, following their success at the Alchemy Songwriting Competition in the U.S. In 2015, they launched the debut album SEEKER SEEKER , with singles like Keep Me In Love , and in 2018 they launched their latest EP titled Silence, with which they opened for multi-platinum artist Anastacia , on her European Tour – Evolution .
In 2018, their theatrical debut MARA played to sold out houses as part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Festival. Most recently The New Victorians worked on an original children's show called Rave&Behave; a commission for the Ziguzajg International Festival.
Company: Maxine Aquilina, Michela Farrugia, Stephanie Bonnici, Sandie von Brockdorff, Becky Brincat, Julienne Restall, Kay Lee Micallef and Ilenia Gatt
Live Music: The New Victorians (Bettina and Philippa Cassar)
Direction/Composition/Sound Design - The New Victorians
Producer: Vikesh Godhwani
Stage Manager: Sean Borg