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Daqsxejn ta’ requiem lil Leli

‘Daqsxejn ta’ Requiem lil Leli’ (A Modest Requiem for Leli) is a theatrical adaptation of a poem in Maltese written by Immanuel Mifsud, with music composed and conducted by Kris Spiteri and with visuals created by Vince Briffa. Direction is by Paul Portelli.

The requiem chronicles the last moments in the life of Leli, who, while in a coma, re-reads the main chapters of his life, most notably his childhood, where he encounters his parents, relatives, friends, and teachers.

As he gets closer to his last breath, Leli’s visions become more poetic and charming with merry-go-round white horses, butterflies, chocolates, toy trains and pretty women. Leli’s death turns out to be a serene boat ride towards the island of the dead where all his relatives and friends who had passed away before him are waiting to give him a most emotional welcome.

Musicians:  Tatjana Chircop, Sarah Spiteri (violin), Joseph Mallia (viola), Christopher Greenhalg (cello), Lampros Ioannis Lapin (bassoon), Luke Baldacchino, Luke Briffa, and Kristian Schembri (percussion).

Cast: Douglas Comley, Sandra Mifsud, Jacob Piccinino, Liliana Portelli, Paul Portelli and Pierre Stafrace.

‘Daqsxejn ta’ Requiem lil Leli’ premiered on July 4, at St Elmo, Valletta, as part of the Malta International Arts Festival. Performed in Maltese with English surtitles.


Some feedback posted on our Facebook page by audience members:

‘This truly was, ‘poetry in motion.’ A mesmerizing production of the highest calibre, which effortlessly reaches any exacting international standards. It was a privilege to witness such theatrical and musical artistry and the passion behind it all. Well done Theatre Anon, for yet again delivering something so utterly poignant, charming and memorable. Thank you x’

‘I cannot thank you enough for bringing Leli to life like you did yesterday.’


Photography by Stephen Buhagiar

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