Vampire Romantic Comedy Seeks Crowdfunding

Unifaun Theatre Productions launches Zaar crowdfunding campaign to support staging of Agnes Moon’s The Acrobat

A new production of the feel-good comedy The Acrobat by Agnes Moon is soon to be staged by Unifaun Theatre Productions, with the help of a recently-launched crowdfunding campaign.

Following the rags-to-riches story of a professional thief who finds himself trapped in the enormous abode of an incredibly rich and mysterious vampire, the Unifaun Theatre production of The Acrobat in 2019 marks the first time a play of this genre is produced in Malta.

Although the production has already secured some funding from the MAF Project Fund of the Arts Council Malta, Unifaun Theatre’s artistic director Adrian Buckle hopes that the crowdfunding campaign on local platform Zaar, which has a €500 total goal, will also help the project reach out to the Maltese public.

“Zaar is a Maltese site for crowdfunding, and The Acrobat is a Maltese project – the two work together,” says Buckle. “Zaar is a user-friendly platform, which not only engages directly with people in Malta, but also supports the project creators by suggesting what works and what doesn’t.”

Through including a cast and crew on the production who hail from around the world, Buckle also hopes that it will help concrete Malta’s reputation as a viable hub of international theatre. “The Acrobat includes professionals not only from Malta, but also from New York, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary – of course this entails great expenses, and we believe all artists should get paid for their work. It is worth it, as this project could pilot further productions of this nature and quality to come to Malta. Collaborations of this sort serve to improve, energise and professionalise the theatre sector in Malta, thus providing a better product to the Maltese public.”

The Zaar crowdfunding campaign also offers a limited number of attractive rewards to backers, dependent on the amount they donate to the project. Contributors donating just €5 will be acknowledged in the theatre programme, while a €10 donation also receives a complimentary balcony ticket to one of the performances. With a €15 donation, contributors receive a complimentary stalls ticket, and for €20 they receive a complimentary balcony ticket, a copy of the original novel by Agnes Moon on which the play is based, and their name printed in the programme. For just a €35 donation, the €20 package is upgraded to include a complimentary stalls ticket instead of balcony. This is enhanced even further for a €100 donation, where the contributor will also receive a free advertisement in the theatre programme.

Visitors are invited to see www.zaar.com.mt/projects/acrobat-theatre/ to make a donation or for further information about the production of The Acrobat, which will be staged by Unifaun Theatre Productions at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta between 9 and 24 February 2019.

Paula Fleri-Soler
Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula has a pedigree in TV and stage production (children's and family entertainment) and a passion for the arts. She's taken the reins on The Artists' Directory - Malta and the relevant content for the site.