4 men and an exotic weekend

Certified Male set for Malta stage debut

What: Certified Male hits the theatre the first time in Malta, produced by Exit Stage Right, known for previous successful productions such as I Am My Own Wife, and Every Brilliant Thing. The play was written by award-winning Australian writers and performers Scott Rankin and Glynn Nicholas.

When: October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 .

Where: At the Teatru Salesjan, Sliema.

Why: For its Malta debut, Certified Male will be directed by Nicholas himself and produced by theatre veteran Nanette Brimmer, and will star local A-listers Alan Montanaro, Alan Paris, Joseph Zammit and Stephen Oliver. It is supported by Malta Arts Fund.

The show tells the story of three middle-management men who have been coerced into attending an exotically-set weekend workshop of company strategy planning by their boss. All manner of hilarious surprises and mishaps await them at their mystery destination, intensified by the men’s distinct impression that one of them may not be returning to work on Monday.

Comprising four actors and an on-stage piano player, Certified Male uses a sumptuous theatrical blend of dramatic scenes, stand-up comedy song and choreographed physical set pieces to tell its story.

It also includes seven original songs by acclaimed Australian songwriters; maestro Paul Abela has undertaken the musical di­rection for the Malta production. The result is an utterly brilliant show, chock-full of humour, insight and even tender moments to put it all in perspective.

Since nearly all the show’s props are mimed, the Malta cast will be attending a rigorous mime ‘boot camp’ with Nicholas, a master in the art, to help them create scenarios such as imaginary fishing boats, golf courses, encounters with monkeys, jellyfish and other eye-wateringly funny set pieces.

As well as energetically using their superb comic timing to hilarious effect, the talented cast will also showcase the show’s deeper and ever-relevant themes exploring manhood, mortality, the absent father, long-term relationships and political correctness.

Having already been produced to critical acclaim in several countries, including South Africa, Ireland, Sweden, Iceland, the UK, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, the rave reviews for Certified Male speak for themselves.

The West Australian said that it has the “extraordinary skill to move you to paralytic laughter one instant and tears the next… brutally frank and seriously funny”, while The Age (Melbourne) named it an “undisputed hit” and The Scotsman (Edinburgh Fringe) said they “already want to see it again”.

Booking is open at www. ticketline.com.mt.

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