A unique Easter experience by Heritage Malta

This Easter Heritage Malta invites you to two unique and exclusive events.

A live re-enactment of the Last Supper according to the traditional Jewish rites of the time will be held at the Inquisitor?s Palace in Birgu on the 24th and 25th March. The second event will be an interactive theatre performance of the Passion of Jesus Christ in the landscape of ?a?ar Qim and Mnajdra Temples on the 31st March and 1st April.

The Last Supper at the Inquisitor?s Palace, is a dramatized experience of the events that took place on the eve of the passion of Jesus. Great attention has been paid to details with regards to the way in which such suppers were held in the time of Christ. Those attending the Last Supper will also be able to visit the palace itself which also houses an exhibition dedicated to Maltese Easter traditions.

A theatre performance of the Passion of Jesus Christ will be held in the landscape between ?a?ar Qim and Mnajdra on the following weekend. This landscape will be replacing the streets of Jerusalem on that historical night and the audience will become part of the drama. During Malta?s Neolithic the landscape here captivated the island?s inhabitants who chose it as the setting for their rituals. This Easter Heritage Malta is inviting you to rediscover and be captivated by this beautiful landscape.

Starting from ?a?ar Qim Temples, the audience will be guided through the main stages of the passion of Jesus, leading to the crucifixion. A number of historical and natural locations will turn into the scenes of the passion which bring the events to the audience in a personal manner. “The way we are presenting the play is intended to make those who attend feel as if they were part of the crowd witnessing the last two days in the life of Jesus prior to his resurrection. It is for this reason that we have not made any use of amplification throughout the walk?, commented director Alan Fenech who is also playing Jesus.

The cast includes a number of established actors whose faces are familiar to those who love following local theatre and television productions. In the main roles one can find actors of the likes of Zep Camilleri as the narrator, Triccas as Jacob, Anthony Ellul as Pontius Pilate, Michelle Zerafa as Mary Magdalene, Moira Muscat as the Blessed Virgin, Renato Dimech as James, Mario Micallef as Simon Peter, Andy Catania as Judas Iscariot, Marco Grech as Natahniel, Sean Buhagiar as John, Ivan Debattista as Simon of Cirene, Sarah Camilleri, Roberta Briffa, Gabriella Borg and Simone Debattista as pilgrims, Tony Fenech as Caiaphas and Alfred Mizzi as Annas. “Having such a cast of actors is a guarantee of a very high quality production. The audience will have the chance to see the artists they admire perform very close to them and this adds to the atmosphere which is already very unique due to the costumes and the setting?, continued Alan.

Tickets for the two events are priced at ?12. Since admission tickets are limited, those wishing to attend should purchase their tickets as early as possible. Tickets are available from all of Heritage Malta’s sites and museums. For more information call 23954239 or email education@heritagemalta.org

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