The need for a Salesian theatre in Malta

Alfons Maria Galea was by far the most important figure in establishing the work of John Bosco in Malta. Although he is remembered as a great philanthropist by many institutions on the island, his most renowned work is the setting up of Salesian work in Sliema. Born in 1861, when John Bosco’s work was making a name even among the Maltese people especially through the Bulettino Salesiano, Galea first learnt about the priest in Turin from his father. When he…


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Juventutis Domus

By the early years of the twentieth century, the formal theatre had established itself as a popular means of entertainment within the Maltese people. ‘Performances in Maltese, along with cheap admission fees charged by the teatrini meant that theatre was accessible to most of the population.’ The improvement in public transportation meant ease of access even though many people preferred to go to theatres in their own neighbourhood. One week after the arrival of Don Urso, on 7 November 1906,…


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Inauguration Day – 7th May 1908

“whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 “quaecumque sunt vera, quaecumque pudica, quaecumque iusta, quaecumque sancta, quaecumque amabilia, quaecumque bonae famae—si qua virtus—si qua laus haec cogitate.” Philippians 4:8 This quote was chosen by Don Urso, our first director, to be on the front cover of the programme for the inauguration of the Juventutis Domus, home for the youth, which was…


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The need for a theatre person

Following the success the first Salesian Oratory in Sliema had, the Salesian congregation continued to expand its apostolate within Maltese society. It ventured out to set up a second oratory complex, similar to the one in Sliema. Don Allegra, who was to continue his work at the oratory in Sliema commissioned the work to be carried out in Birkirkara. In 1909, only a year after the first oratory was inaugurated, the Birkirkara oratory started its work with young people. This…


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Carmelo Galea and the Domus

In 1931, a strong revival was given to the Juventutis Domus as Teatru Salesjan was called at the time. A Maltese lay brother, Carmelo Galea, was to dedicate most of his life to the oratory in Sliema, giving particular attention to theatre.  Ever since the Salesians arrived in Malta, the congregation and Alfons Maria Galea’s intention was that of creating a space in which young people could form themselves both religiously and culturally. This holistic formation, ingrained in the Salesian…


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Carmelo Galea’s style of writing

Being stationed at the Juventutis Domus theatre in Sliema proved to be an opportunity for Carmelo Galea to develop his work in theatre. Whilst teaching catechism at the oratory (right next to the theatre complex), Galea thought of different ways of explaining the Christian doctrine to his young audience, often using examples from everyday life. This practice was slowly being developed through theatre where similarly to John Bosco’s use of theatre to explain the Decimal system, Carmelo Galea was using…


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