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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bugeja


The New Victorians have just released a new music video for their latest single, Second to None. The song will feature in their original music theatre experience Público, a work they have composed and directed, which will be performed at Teatru Manoel at the end of the month. The video was produced and directed by V Squared Media and was filmed entirely within Teatru Manoel. It gives audiences a preview of the show whilst letting them into areas of the building that they may not have seen before. “Our wish for this project is to bring contemporary Maltese electronic music, that can be enjoyed on the radio, to the theatre. To encourage our music fans to approach the theatre. To celebrate a historic gem like the Manoel in a modern way, that can be understood by all,” the duo said. "The theatre’s original name was Teatru Publico, which is pretty ironic since it was built primarily for the Knights of the Order of St John, and the Maltese general public were not really the primary target audience from the get-go. That’s why for this production, we thought we’d give the building back to the ‘public', and allow them to take centre stage, literally. We’ll be flipping the Manoel inside out, seating the audience on stage, and having the cast perform in and around the Manoel boxes and stalls.” For this show The New Victorians will be collaborating with Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre, as well as an international cast of six actor-musicians who play a variety of string, woodwind and brass instruments, to tell the story of the history of the theatre. Following the success of their previous audio-theatrical productions such as MARA (2018, 2019) and VII (2019) in Malta, London and Edinburgh, the duo continue to bring the music scene and the theatre world together with stunning audio-visual experiences. They have most recently been nominated for Best Song at the Malta Music Awards with Still Got Fight, their single from VII. They have also been nominated for Artist of the Year, Production of the Year (VII), Innovation Award (VII), People's Choice Award (VII) and Best International Achievement Award (for MARA and Rave&Behave) by the Malta Arts Council Premju Ghall-Arti 2020. In collaboration with The Valletta Cultural Agency, Público is part of Teatru Manoel Toi Toi programme and will be running from 27– 29 March, 2020. The New Victorians wish to thank Teatru Manoel Education Programme: Toi Toi, Valletta Cultural Agency, Teatru Manoel, V.Demajo & Bros, Fino, Costa Coffee and BELS for their support.

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