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'Wait until dark' - a study of the theme of fear in theatre

Authors: Tyrone Grima, ,
  • Institute: Institute of Creative Arts
  • Symposium: Social Well-being, Sports and Health
  • Day: 1 , Session: 2 , Location: Conference Hall 2
  • Session Type: Short 10 min (Early stage research) , Start: 11:30 , End: 11:45


This project will be done in collaboration between myself and MADC (Malta Amateur Dramatic Club), focusing on a play ‘Wait until dark’, a critically acclaimed play by Fredrick Knott, which I will direct for MADC in April 2022 at its clubrooms. This theatrical work falls under the thriller genre and deals with the story of a blind woman who has to defend her apartment from a gang of criminals who break into her property to steal a doll, containing drugs in it. Fear is an emotion that has rarely been explored in the local theatrical sector. In the pre-production stage, through interviews, reading of literature, particularly psychological theories that examine and explore the feeling of fear, and workshops, I would like to study the theme of fear with the objective of proposing a methodology of how an audience could experience it in the theatre through a multisensory approach in an intimate setting. The study will present a case-study of the process, analysing the dynamics and the challenges that arose in the process.

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