Roaring Voices is Teatru Salesjan’s young person’s Shakespeare project and was born out of a need to rescue Shakespeare from the classroom and put him back onto the stage where he belongs. Working with our colleagues in schools and colleges throughout Malta we want to give youngsters a taste of the sheer excitement and thrill of watching actors fight, murder, scheme and plot their way through a live performance.

Shakespeare did not write to be read, he wrote to be performed. He was not writing plays for academics or people who, unlike him had been to University. The bulk of Shakespeare’s audience were the common people, many of them youngsters themselves who flocked to the theatres on the South Bank on their days off. Apprentice boys, the newly emerging merchants and shop-keepers most of whom could neither read nor write went to hear the plays on offer. We get some idea of their tastes when we see how many times Shakespeare’s early play Titus Andronicus was performed. It was a gore-fest and quite the bloodiest thing that Shakespeare ever wrote and his audience loved it!

The Roaring Voices Company is made up of twenty young people between the ages of 14 and 26. In 2018 they will be hard at work training and developing the necessary skills to create and perform in a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona that will be produced at Teatru Salesjan in February 2019.

Working with theatre director Polly March the cast of The Two Gentlemen of Verona will learn all about verse-speaking, how to decode the text and what the words are telling them to do. It’s a very difficult thing to do, like learning a new language – but we have picked the bravest of the brave and, if they are quiet at the start, by next year we can promise you all that they will be truly Roaring Voices.