Katharsis is a parody, a burlesque full of irony.
A preacher, Fr Jacob, is waiting to celebrate his thousandth service. Just before the arrival of the worshippers, the preacher is visited by Azrael, the angel of death, who came to take him away. The preacher however reminds Azrael that there must be a mistake. It had been agreed that Fr Jacob would be taken after and not before his thousandth service. Azrael has to wait until the service is over. The angel decides to disguise himself as a human being and join the worshippers. The bizarre thousandth service commences. It develops like a musical during which the angel begins to feel an indescribable energy drawing him towards the lives of human beings.
The Laboratorio di Castaldo Theatre Ensemble was formed in 1996 by Domenico Castaldo, who was subsequently awarded the Premio Giuseppe Bartolucci by Italian theatre critics in 1999. The Ensemble operates both as a theatre school and a travelling company, with daily schedule consisting of up to ten hours of work a day on the use of play, movement, and voice. New actors are required to work for 18 months before appearing on stage in performance, in order to acquire the appropriate techniques of acting. The Esemble is supported by the Regione Piemonte, Città di Torino, Città di Moncalieri, Sistema Teatro Torino, Fondazione Teatro Piemonte Europa, ACTI Teatri Indipendenti, Scarlattine Teatro.
Watch Katharsis on the 3rd July at the Auberge d’Italie, in Valletta. Entrance for the performance is free, and you may collect tickets from the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, Casa Gaspe 230, Republic Street, Valletta between 9am and 12.30pm.