WHAT IS ĦASSLE MEJJET?
Formed in late 2017, opening its doors in 2018, Ħassle Mejjet Theatre Collective (in short, Ħassle Mejjet) was formed to devise and create theatrical productions to life by up-and-coming theatre novices, both original and devised content as well as previously written work by some well-known playwrights
Ħassle Mejjet is more or less a social and personal experiment to learn new, innovative ways of bringing ideas from people who began their training in the arts many years prior, learn from mistakes and aim to reach high!
The Ħassle Mejjet Team is consisted of Benjamin Abela, Annalise Ebejer, Gianluca Mifsud and Brendon Thearle, four theatre students and novices in the ever-growing theatre industry and making new and original content for the ever-expanding theatre scene
You've got to come back with me, back to the past!
Ħassle Mejjet Theatre Collective was formed!
On 22nd October 2017
Did you know: That originally, Ħassle Mejjet Theatre Collective was called Kelma b'Kelma
(Word for Word) Theatre Group - before that it was simply known as; The Theatre Collective.
This title was a temporary name for the group, primarily because a (cool) Facebook page under the name; Kelma Kelma was already in use and also until the collective at the time decided on a (better) title. After months and months of no new title, An Ode to Teen Angst was originally titled Ħassle Mejjet: An Ode to Teen Angst - the theatre collective decided to strip away Ħassle Mejjet from the show's title and use it as the theatre collective's official name and it has stuck with people ever since!
What does Ħassle Mejjet mean?: Ħassle Mejjet is a Maltese slang used by teenagers and young adults which simply means; Dead Hassle (but it makes much more sense (and is so much cooler) in Maltese)
Ħassle Mejjet Theatre Collective was announced!
On 27th May 2018
The theatre collective opened it's arms to the rest of the world and ventured into the
culturally vibrant Maltese theatre industry! The theatre collective's ambition is to show the Maltese people and theatre industry that not only veterans in the arts can create spectacular productions, but also young artists who are the next generation of theatre makers - with a little patience, something beautiful can flourish
An Ode to Teen Angst was announced!
On 30th May 2018
A theatrical piece inspired by a collection of monologues and songs by various artists, that explored the infamous teenage angst we all go through once in our lives
Did you know: Originally, An Ode to Teen Angst (or previously known as Ħassle Mejjet: An Ode to Teen Angst) was going to be a cabret evening with just monologues, short scenes and musical numbers with guest accompaniment, however, this idea was later scrapped in favour of creating a theatrical piece with original characters and adapted piece of theatre
An Ode to Teen Angst went public!
On 1st July 2018
For one night only at The Beer Cave in Valletta, An Ode to Teen Angst opened it's doors to a
sold-out audience. Audiences praised the group for adapting other theatrical works into it's own
semi-new piece of writing and making it relatable to teenagers and young adults alike, founding the target audience for Ħassle Mejjet's productions in the future
One audience member said "I would like to congratulate the three young men who devised this piece on an enjoyable evening and a reassurance that the future of theatre in Malta is alive and kicking.
This performance was enjoyable, touching, funny and lively."
Another audience member stated that An Ode to Teen Angst was as if three people came together and felt like creating a performance for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival just for fun -
and a good one!
New year, new us!
On 13th January 2019
The theatre collective commisioned Matthew Ben Attard and his design firm; WeFreeOnes
to design a new logo and branding for us, signifying a new year for the theatre collective as well as showing professionalism in what we create
Annalise Ebejer joins ĦM!
On 16th January 2019
In January, the theatre collective branched out to more members, one being Annalise Ebejer
Relatively new to the theatre scene, Annalise was very excited to start her journey in the
Ħassle Mejjet team as a budding creative!
Pandora's story comes to life!
On 24th April 2019
A bigger and more ambitious project than An Ode to Teen Angst, after months of constant research, devising and coffee, Pandora's story was ready to be announced to the masses as a new and original coming-of-age story set in a Maltese context which sticks to the theatre collective's goal - which is to show stories created by young people for young people
Pandora would be the first Ħassle Mejjet production to be staged in a proper theatre venue
and have a slightly bigger cast and a proper (albeit expensive) budget. It was also the first time,
the founding members (Brendon Thearle, Gianluca Mifsud and Benjamin Abela) were taking a back seat and assigned roles to the production such as director, writer and producers
Pandora's secrets are told to the world!
From 18th to 20th October 2019
Between the 18th to 20th October at Teatru Manoel Studio Theatre in Valletta, Pandora opened it's doors to yet another sold-out audience - for all three shows!
Audiences praised the group, cast and production team for making such a relatable and close-to-home performance, toying with local Maltese references and culture that younger and older audiences alike could relate to, as well as, making such a big leap in terms of production scale especially for such a small group with a limited budget
Pandora was also praised for being "really fresh, creative and enjoyable... live[ing] [the] characters and great synergy... good story and use of set, lights and props... [and] looking forward to seeing more in [the] future!"
An audience member said, "it’s fantastic to see a group of young people who want to get it right [...] [well done] for a premiere with an excellent production value [...] you’ve shown us that you’re going to be a collective to look out for!"
What is Ħassle Mejjet's final goal?
Ħassle Mejjet is, was and will always be an experiment
An experiment in trying to stage a production from the ground up by young theatre creatives. Although making a profit is nice and helps the theatre collective even more,
that is not the primary goal and/or focus of the group
The primary goal is to experiment in new forms of theatre making and innovating each production, with An Ode to Teen Angst; it was to try and stage an independent production whilst also trying out adaptation with previously released material. Pandora; it was to try and stage an even bigger independent production, in a proper theatre, with a budget and as an original new work
In the future, the theatre collective would like to experiment with staging already published pieces, doing site specific theatre and collaborating with other theatre groups in Malta
Ħassle Mejjet has also laid the foundation and encourages other young people to take risks,
try out new things and explore the beautiful, vast and vibrant world of theatre. Without taking risks, nothing will change. It will be a lot of work, it will be stressful but it will be beneficial in the long run!
Created by young people for young people