The forgotten fragments of a symphony of horror
An exciting new way to appreciate how music composition assists in rediscovering a silent movie masterpiece. Making full use of video and sound technology, this live documentary-style programme takes an intimate one on one view of the creative process.
Directed by Chris Gatt
Music composed by Kris Spiteri
Cinematography By Matthew Muscat Drago
Sound Engineering by Sergio Costa
Performed by Chris Dingli
Foley artist Marco Calleja
Presented by Pia Zammit
Make up by Lara bella Vella Baldacchino
Metanoia Theatre, Luqa
Built in the early 1950’s and housed in the Luqa Parish Centre, originally known as St. Andrew’s Theatre, this 400 seat theatre has been completely refurbished and renewed in 1996. With the change of the century it has been renamed “Metanoia”: a word coming from “meta” (above or beyond), and “noia” from the root “nous”, of mind, and means a fundamental shift (or change) in thinking…
Artistic Director's Note
F R I D A Y T H E T H I R T E E N T H I N N O V E M B E R. It just had to stem from the dark side of silent film; and there is an underlying powerful force in German Expressionist film noir. Dare we open the curtains and squeaking door (sic.) of this “desolate castle” and travel through this land of ghosts and symphonic horror together? ...
-Dr Michelle Castelletti, Artistic Director, Three Palaces Festival
A Friday the 13th special, live from a theatre somewhere Chris Dingli gives us a glimpse of a forgotten symphony. Using high-end technology to respect social distancing, the two artists have been working in a bubble for the last two weeks working on this project.
Soon after the classic F W Murnau film Nosferatu was premiered in March 1922, Bram Stoker’s widow ordered the film destroyed for copyright reasons. With it was also destroyed the music composed by Hans Erdmann. But, like the vampire himself, the film never quite died and over time was pieced together from various copies around the world. Not so the music which many thought lost until a few months ago when Kris Spiteri found a couple of sheets hidden mysteriously in a copy of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
We will be presenting a reworking of these fragments in a new version with the added advantage of spatial sound effects created by sound engineer Sergio Costa, so get your headphones ready for a Friday 13th horror special.
It is highly recommended that you experience this performance with headphones for maximum impact.
Trained at Webber Douglas Academy in London.
Chris started his acting career in Malta, playing the title role in Amadeus, Emcee in Cabaret, and Hal in Proof all at the Teatru Manoel, whilst also starring in a popular local TV series.
Recent theatre credits include Comedy Knights (Teatru Salesjan), Harbour Odyssey (Malta International Arts Festival), Macbeth (Teatru Manoel), Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Teatru Astra), How to be a Londoner in an Hour (Hen; Chickens Theatre).
Recent TV, Film credits include Just Noise (Monolith), Paul, Apostle of Christ (ODB Films), 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Paramount Pictures) and Doctors (BBC).
Chris is also a scriptwriter, writing many shows of his own most notably Bad Dad which he has performed in Malta, UK, Canada, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a series of Shakespeare adaptations for kids under his Shakeshorts brand, a dramatic historical monologue Battleship for which he won Best Actor at the Malta International Theatre Awards and Bach to School, an interactive play that introduces kids to orchestral music. In 2014 he wrote and directed the contemporary circus show The Hogwallops, which has toured all over the world gaining excellent reviews everywhere. It remains a popular touring show, with hundreds of performances to date. In 2019 he wrote and co-directed Hotel Paradiso for the same company, which is also currently touring.
As a stand up comedian, he has performed in Malta, Edinburgh, and Los Angeles. As a musician he has performed on the viola with various orchestras, including the National Orchestra (now the Malta Philharmonic) and has played in London, Edinburgh, Italy and Malta.
Marco Calleja, Artistic Director of Hoi Polloi Malta, graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Directing credits include: The Wizard of Oz–panto (MFCC, 2012), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (MCC, 2011), ‘This Thing Called Love – an evening with Cole Porter’ (Teatru Manoel, 2006) and CATS – the musical (Valletta Campus Theatre, 2019).
Performing credits include: The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (MCC, 2018), Amadeus (Teatru Manoel, 2018), Mamma Mia (MCC, 2018), Little John in Robin Hood – the panto (Teatru Manoel, 2015), Fiddler on the Roof (Teatru Manoel, 2014) and Romeo & Juliet (Saint James Cavalier, 2012).
Television credits include: Daniel in Santa Monika, Bazzati in Deheb il-Karta and It-Tmien Nota. Marco is currently the executive producer of #KikkraTe and also produced Il-Klikka – The Third Season and the magazine programme FUQ NET.
In London, Marco performed; Lady Macbeth in Shaking Up Shakespeare, the Wolf in BBC’s production of The Girl who Fell in Love with the Wolf, Mal Tease in Maquillage and is a founding member of The Brainstorm Ensemble.
When not on stage, Marco teaches drama and musical theatre at the Hoi Polloi Academy for which he is also the Principal and is the Managing Director of The Creative Hub – a performing arts studio which he opened in 2018.
Pia Zammit is a wearer of many hats – and all of them require the use of her voice and her story telling techniques. She is an actress and a voice over artist, and she is delighted to be your host for this wonderful production. Her connection to film goes a long way back. Her grand-father used to own a cinema and was a keen film-buff. Pia inherited this gene and cites Nosferatu as one of her favourite films.
When not on stage, Pia teaches Public Speaking and Debating, and is also a Truth and Justice activist, a voice-over artist and an occasional writer. She particularly likes ranting. And whisky.
Chris Gatt started his theatrical career 30 years ago, first as an actor, then as a theatre director and now also as a light designer.
As a theatre director he is as comfortable directing classic plays as he is directing musicals and pantomimes as he is directing classic and contemporary drama, working both on the fringe and main stages of the island.
From 2000 to 2013 he was entrusted with the launch and creative programming of Malta’s contemporary centre for creativity housed in St James Cavalier.
Spiteri graduated in music studies from the University of Malta. He co-wrote Porn the musical which won Best New Musical at the Off West End Theatre Awards and was critic’s choice in Time Out London. He directed Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You and numerous pantomimes. In 2015 Kris joined Daniel Cauchi for the duo project Kafena and they recorded the album called Lukanda Propaganda with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. With his jazz trio Noir recorded the album Till you switch off the lights and performed it at the Malta Jazz Festival. In collaboration with Immanuel Mifsud , Vince Briffa and Teatru Anon, Kris wrote the music for Daqsxejn ta Requiem lil Leli a theatrical piece which was performed at the Malta International Arts Festival in 2018. Spiteri is a director of Tunin’ Entertainment and also performs with the working band known as The Residents
Matthew Muscat Drago has worked in film and media for almost 10 years, starting out as a camera assistant to camera operator and editor, culminating as head of department as a Director of Photography.
He has developed film productions for a range of different clients in the music, commercial, corporate and events industry.
Mixing, Mastering, Sound engineer and technician
Disclaimer: All the necessary precautions to safeguard our artists and crew were taken during the filming of this project. 'Nosferatu - The forgotten fragments of a Symphony of horror' is produced by Festivals Malta. The Three Palaces Festival is sponsored by Kinnie, Hertz, MAPFRE MSV Life and the Ministry for National Heritage, The Arts and Local Government.