“Toi Toi” A phrase used to wish good luck to an artist, seconds before going on stage!
Life at the theatre is bustling with activity around Toi Toi. September 2011 saw the launch of this exciting and rich educational programme. Teatru Manoel has a deep commitment towards Arts Education and aspires to reach an ever-growing audience, to be enjoyed by all. Our mission is to bring our younger audiences closer to the wonderful world of the Arts, inspiring them with events that cater specifically for children and young adults.
To date, we have had over 100 Toi Toi events with plenty more coming your way in the months ahead! Among these, look out for Toi Toi 022, 325, and 628 - our monthly concerts for infants, toddlers and children, Toi Toi Limited Edition - which include workshops with internationally acclaimed musicians, Toi Toi talks - the informal but highly informative pre-concert talks held in our new Studio Theatre and much much more! Other events that have delighted our participants include the wonderful Gypsy Devils performance, Strictly for Teens, Behind the Scenes events, Baroque Sundays, as well as collaborations during Ziguzajg festival.
Another exciting Toi Toi initiative is the Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre (TMYT), our home-grown Youth Theatre, founded in 2011. This ongoing performance-based, learning adventure for 16 – 20 year olds consists of weekly performance workshops. The group’s efforts culminated in a theatre piece entitled ‘Peculiar Children’ in February 2013 under the superb direction of Denise Mullholland.
This year we have also launched Teatru Manoel Youth Opera (TMYO), a fantastic training ground for youth aged between 18 and 35. Its primary purpose is to offer operatic experience to those who have a serious aim of pursuing careers in opera performance, are at the start of their careers, and are new to the profession. Weekly workshops offer valuable opportunities for young singers to receive professional training in all aspects of opera through master-classes and showcase concerts, with the guidance of acclaimed sopranos Miriam Cauchi and Karmene Radovsky.
The young are thirsty for more, the old wish to be young again to make the most of such events. So indulge in the Arts…learn and enjoy with Toi Toi!
Arts Education Consultant