WHAT IS TS?
108 years ago, the Salesians of Don Bosco, together with Alfons Maria Galea, established the ‘Juventutis Domus’ (now called Teatru Salesjan or TS), the house for the young. In keeping with the spirit of St. John Bosco, this home was created to house new and young ideas that would shape the country. Time passed and the people/name changed, but it’s soul remains ever the same.
The theatre forms part of a wider complex called the Salesian Oratory (Salesjani Sliema), which acts as a hub of activity for people of all ages. The theatre is an important element of this network, with its values shared across the complex.
The Teatru Salesjan’s mission statement lists four core values which give essence to the activity that takes place within its four walls and beyond. These four core values are the basis of our work, which places young creatives at the centre of the theatre’s focus.
Teatru Salesjan offers opportunities to young people and to the communities of Malta to develop their creative potential with the goal of creating a more cohesive society
To utilise the theatre as a creative hub in which young and established artists collaborate and share creative ideas.
To introduce the community to new and innovative elements of performing arts as well as embracing more traditional performance practices.
To help form a conscience towards relating to oneself, others and God.
Create opportunities for social and educational development through discussion and active participation in the arts.
Freedom: Young and creative people need a place “of their own” where they feel at home and where they get the necessary space to be themselves, to express their feelings and to shape their own personality.
Responsibility: Young people need a place where they can “learn”, where they can be given the space or the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge, where they learn to assume the responsibility for the surrounding reality, where they become capable of playing their part in society in a mature and constructive way.
Meaning: Young people need a place “of sense”, where they may search for their raison d’être (reason for being), for the profound meaning of their lives. A lot of young people are looking for ‘sense’ in their life, to see who they can be and what they can mean for the broader world they are living in.
Solidarity: Young creative persons need a place “to play”, where they can meet their peers, can talk and discuss openly, build and maintain relations with one another, where they can accept solidarity and can organise and experience things together.
The space was originally designed as a proscenium arched theatre, however we see potential in using the space in unconventional ways to suite your creative needs.
The complex comprises of a stage and auditorium (stalls and gallery), a foyer and bar area, a studio space, a kitchenette, restrooms, two backstage rooms, an under-stage storage area and a wardrobe. Over the recent years, there have been performances taking place throughout the complex, rethinking the limitations a proscenium arrangement might constitute. Most recently, we hosted a private book launch that happened all across the space, immersing audiences in the imaginative world of the literature.
The theatre is equipped with its own basic audio and lighting systems, with a range of tools readily available for hire for private functions. The designated mixing desks are placed in a secure control room, at the back of the gallery. Material from our Props and Wardrobe collection can also be hired at request, however pending availability since these might be in use throughout the seasonal calendar.
The theatre currently has a detachable seating system, with its standard set-up being that of 300 seats in the stalls area and 153 in the gallery. There is also room for wheelchair users in the auditorium, with a dedicated ramp and restroom facilities made available upon request. The detachable seating system enables us to open up the stalls section to a myriad of different functions: from a theatre in the round seating set-up to a complete open-plan space that can host over 700 people standing.
The Teatru Salesjan uses ticketline.com.mt as its ticketing system provider for the seasonal calendar. Although we can help you make contact with our ticket providers, we do not provide a ticketing facility to hirers. Although we do not hire the bar, this service can however be made available for private events, with all proceeds managed by the theatre.