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Blanket Ban (Chalk Line Theatre And Untapped Award Winner 2022)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2022

Written and performed by Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella, this impassioned show is a powerful, humorous and poignant exploration of Malta’s nationwide ban on abortion. ‘Blanket Ban’ opens explosively, with a comical introduction to the country’s many unique qualities. However, it soon delves into the real-life stories of many women who have hidden from their families due to this devastating ban, who have risked their lives or have been forced to continue with stillbirths, all due to the country’s ardent religious beliefs. They cleverly satirise this, highlighting the absurdity of male politicians making such devastating decisions over women’s bodies, prevalent in both their ruling party and the opposition. They also poke fun at the country’s sexual miseducation, and the shame put on female sexuality. I would have liked to see some narratives developed in more depth, but in an hour this urgent, informative show left tears in the eyes of many.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Eleanor Magic]