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I think it's safe to say we're out of our comfort zone

Rose and Julius are a couple of art collectors facing a number of insurmountable difficulties in their attempt to have a baby. In a moment of weakness they let a passionate young artist into their lives – causing everything to spin suddenly out of control in a spiral of faeces, fame and Pringles.

An offbeat story that looks into the nature of love and art, while revealing the untold truth behind the meteoric rise of Miroslav Vangelov.


Rose - Angele Galea

Julius - Malcolm Galea

Miro - Davide Tucci

Arthur - Myron Ellul

Production Team


Malcolm Galea


Chiara Hyzler


Justin Kyle Camilleri


Angele Galea & Malcolm Galea

Creative Team

Production Design

Angele Galea

Lighting Design

Matthew Gellel


Angele Galea


Sean Borg

Venue Coordinator

Gabija Kazlauskiene


Elisa Von Brockdorff

Rio Warner

Special Thanks

Spazju Kreattiv, Morgan Chetcuti, Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur, Times of Malta, Malta Independent, RTK 103, Brenda Camilleri, Antonella Vassallo, Brian Grech, Josette Sciberras, Lon Kirkop, Antonella Galea Loffreda, Dean Gera, Elsa Andrea Messi, Kumpanija Teatrali Dumnikani Beltin

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This production forms part of the Spazju Kreattiv Programme 2023/2024

The Heimlich Hustle is supported by Arts Council Malta (Theatre Company Programme) and Galea's Art Studio


Writer & Julius

Malcolm Galea is a playwright, director and performer. His recent projects include writing and directing Trouser Girl  (Teatru Manoel Studio 2023), co-writing The Trials of Magnus Coffinkey (Spazju Kreattiv 2023), directing Noël Coward’s Private Lives (Teatru Manoel 2023), writing and starring in Ċikku and the Chocolate Panto (Teatru Manoel 2022), directing Caravaggio the Musical (Mediterranean Conference Centre 2022), writing Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej,(Mediterranean Conference Centre 2022), and starring in the Brighton Fringe run of Plastic and Chicken Bones (2022) for which he won the Voice Mag award for Best Newcomer.

Up next, Malcolm will be returning to the Brighton Fringe with Plastic and Chicken Bones as well as The Trials of Magnus Coffinkey in May, and directing his adaptation of the Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator at the Valletta Campus Theatre in July for Nikolai Azzopardi Productions.



Chiara Hyzler wears many hats in the theatre industry but most notably as a director. Some credits include The Female of the Species (Unifaun Theatre), Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (MADC), Us/Them, In Other Words, Jamboy (The Shrinking Violets / Commissioned by ŻiguŻajg), Polly & Esther  (ŻiguŻajg),  Sunrise, CLASS, Bookworm in the Woods, On the Other Hand we’re Happy  (FM Theatre), and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (MADC) which won the Premju għall-Arti People’s Choice Award for Best Production.

Chiara was one of the writers for Her Say (Spazzju Kreattiv 2022) with her

monologue Dust, played Buffu 2 in It-Teatru Tal-Miskin (Saydon Studio 2022) and was part of Miscast – An Typical Cabaret (The Shrinking Violets 2023).

Most recently Chiara wrote and directed the MADC pantomime, Beauty and the Beast (Teatru Manoel, 2023)



Angele Galea's recent acting credits include starring in the Maltese adaptation of Florian Zeller's The Father (Teatru Manoel 2024) both editions of Her Say (Spazju Kreattiv 2022 and 2024), Alfred Buttigieg's L-Interrogazzjoni (Teatru Malta 2020) and John Baraldi's Apotheosis (Spazju Kreattiv 2019).

Angele also wrote and starred in Waħda Minna (Give or Take Productions  2019), wrote Jumping Genes (Give or Take Productions 2020) and co-wrote, composed and designed The Trials of Magnus Coffinkey (Spazju Kreattiv 2023).

Angele holds Fellowships in Piano Performance and Music Theory and is artistic director for More or Less Theatre.



Davide Tucci embarked on his journey in the world of entertainment in 2009 with his debut production at the theatre in Spazju Kreattiv. Since then, he has showcased his versatile talents across various platforms, including stage, fashion, film, and television.


Notable among his diverse roles are appearances in acclaimed productions such as Division 7 (ONE 2016-2021), L-Għarusa (TVM 2018-2020), Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej (Mediterranean Conference Centre 2019), and The Importance Of Being Earnest (Teatru Manoel 2020).


Beyond his local successes, Davide has also made strides in international film and television, with his work available on leading platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and RAIPlay, with further projects slated for release in the near future.


Arthur / Various

Myron Ellul is a law graduate, writer, actor, and voice actor with 15 years’ experience. He has formed part of TMYT and has recently worked in theatre with Teatru Manoel, Masquerade, MADC, ŻiguŻajg, and various collectives, as well as in film with companies including Paramount, Solari, Pellikola, Take Two, and Difyrent.


Recent credits include Valletta Resounds (St John's Co-Cathedral 2024), Duke Orsino/Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (Teatru Manoel 2023), Victor in Private Lives  (Teatru Manoel 2023), Striped Pyjamas, (ŻiguŻajg 2022) Wait Until Dark (MADC Playhouse 2022), The Merry Wives of Windsor (San Anton Gardens  2022), and Breaking the Code (Blue Box @ M Space 2022).

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A Maltese theatre company that specialises in creating impactful, original theatre that is sustainable and transportable. Our focus is on creating Theatre with a Purpose and expanding Maltese theatre on an international level.

Past projects:

  • 2018 - Waħda Minna written by Angele Galea and directed by Malcolm Galea.

  • 2019 - Jumping Genes  written by Angele Galea and directed by Malcolm Galea.

  • 2020 - Plastic and Chicken Bones written by Malcolm Galea and directed by Denise Mulholland.

  • 2023 - The Trials of Magnus Coffinkey written by Angele and Malcolm Galea and directed by Philip Leone-Ganado

Upcoming projects:

​Get a €5 discount when buying your ticket for The Trials of Magnus Coffinkey


Simply send an image of your tickets for The Heimlich Hustle to to receive your discount code

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In a whimsical fairy tale set in a land of broken toys, Magnus Coffinkey must fix a bell on top of an impossibly high spire. Success will make his wish come true – whereas the price of failure is a permanently broken heart and a lifetime of guilt, pain and sorrow.


This broken fairy tale for broken people uses fairy tale as a gentle tool for processing and trying to make sense out of personal trauma and grief. Charming, honest and devastating, The Trials of Magnus Coffinkey is cowritten by Malcolm and Angele Galea, directed by Philip Leone-Ganado and stars Becky Camilleri and Joseph Zammit.

Following its successful debut at Spazju Kreattiv in 2023, the show returns for one weekend only at Blue Box @ M Space before making its international debut at Brighton Fringe

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