For the Maltese, the year 1565 conjures up images of courage, adventure and the ultimate glory of victory. From the comfortable distance of a history book, one might even be seduced into envying those people who defended their home country with such valour and strength against impossible odds. However, for those very people who lived through it, 1565 was a year of hardship, terror and sorrow - with the only respite from physical and mental exhaustion being the all but inevitable death at the hands of an unrelenting enemy.
Newly joined to the Order of the Knights of St John, Henrí is a young knight who has much to learn. He and his friend Alessandro regard life as many of their noble companions do: as a continuous banquet of adventure, women and wine. However, 1565 forces them to grow up much faster than they would have preferred. Henrí's love for Anna, the enchanting local commoner, and his subsequent realisation of the sheer hopelessness of their situation forces him to make some very harsh decisions and eventually - to make the ultimate sacrifice. But is it possible for love and life to flourish when all is overwhelmed by carnage and death?
1565 gives you an intimate view of the Great Siege of Malta through the eyes of these three youngsters who get hopelessly entangled in the ferocious tumult of history.
Duration: 120 mins
Main Cast: 4F, 8M
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Tonight The World Can Shatter from 1565 performed by Eleanor Spiteri and Cliff Zammit Stevens during1565 in Concert (2015).
A Death Worth Dying from 1565 performed by Joseph Zammit during1565 in Concert (2015).
Die Defending from 1565 performed by Riger Tirazona during 1565 in Concert (2015).
Across the Harbour from 1565 performed by Eleanor Spiteri, Georgina Abela & Joseph Zammit during Night at the Theatre (2015).
Drink One More
Brothers in Battle
Worth her Weight in Gold
The Children of War
Tonight the World can Shatter
Cause for Consternation
Tonight the World can Shatter (Reprise)
Battle for Fort St Elmo
A Death Worth Dying
Across the Harbour
Tonight the World can Shatter (2nd Reprise)
Outside the Borgo / Die Defending (Reprise)
1565 was first produced by Masquerade Theatre Company on the 11th-13th February 2005 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.
Book & Lyrics - Malcolm Galea
Music - Paul Abela
Director - anthony bezzina
Musical Director - Paul Abela
Anna - Eleanor Spiteri / Nicola Said
Henrí - Cliff Zammit Stevens
La Valette - John Marinelli
Alessandro - Roger Tirazona
Cecile - Karen Polidano
Polastron - Ludwig Galea
Maria - Georgina Abela
Catherine - Julie Zahra
La Cerda - Steve Hili
Hassan - Ivan De Battista
Broglia - Daniel Anthony Debono
Starkey - Marc Spiteri
Martina Abela, Ryan Abela, Alan Azzopardi, Martin Azzopardi, Theresienne Bezzina, Sharon Bezzina, Victor Bonanno, Maris Bonello, Anthony Bonnici, Jeremy Borg Grech, Sean Briffa, Marco Calleja, Stephen Calleja, Gino Camilleri, Thomas Camilleri, Analise Cassar, Hollie Cassar, Josette Cassar, Lisa Cassar, Alison Catania, Antoine Cefai, Joanna Cini, Klinsmann Coleiro, Marilyn Custo, Rachel Darmanin Demajo, Sandrina Degabriele, Joanna Demarco, Kelly Desira, Renato Dimech, Carmel Duca, Simone Ellul, David Ellul Mercer, Frances Catherine Farrugia, Emma Fenech, Redeemer Fenech, Joan Galea, Malcolm Galea, Paula Galea, Rebecca Galea, Roberta Galea, Paula Gera, Jana Grech, Ryan Grech, Margaret Hampton, Shawn James, Matthew Manfré, Clayton Mercieca, Petra Micallef, Brian Mifsud, Victoria Privitera, Lauro Raimondo, Nikovich Sammut, Michelle Sant, Jean Paul Sciberras, James Spiteri, Keith Spiteri, Justine Storace, Erin Tanti, Mary Tirazona, Josette Vella, Patrick Vella, Marika Warrington, Carmen Zahra, Alessia Zammit, Andrew Zammit, Frank Zammit