New Diorama and Underbelly Untapped Award 2022
Chalk Line presents

Blanket Ban

Written by Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella
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The New Diorama, London

29th & 30th July 7.30pm

Underbelly, Big Belly, Edinburgh Fringe
4th-28th August (except 15th) 5.00pm

Blanket Ban is a devised docu-play interrogating the blanket ban on abortion in Malta; the piece presents an accurate depiction of Maltese women’s experiences through interviews, verbatim, innovative use of technology, and a fondly critical look at the island state, with its unique brand of Catholic kitsch, modern aspirations and established lore.

“Sometimes I’m afraid of this play.”

Malta: Catholic kitsch, golden sun, deep blue sea, Eurovision - and a blanket ban on abortion.

Propelled by three years’ of interviews with anonymous contributors and their own lived experience, actors and activists Marta and Davinia interrogate Malta’s restrictions on the freedom of women.

What does it mean for your home to boast the world’s most progressive LGBTQIA rights, leading transgender laws – and a population that is almost unanimously anti-choice?

A rallying cry from award-winning Chalk Line Theatre.

Supported By: Abortion Support Network, Break The Taboo Malta, The Women's Rights Foundation, Abortion Rights, The New Diorama, Underbelly, Methuen Drama, Borkowski, artsdepot and Artsadmin

Devised and Commissioned by Chalk Line Theatre in collaboration with Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella.

Research and Development (Artsadmin 2020- artsdepot 2021)

Cast: Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella
Directed by Sam Edmunds and Vikesh Godhwani
Produced by Chalk Line Theatre
Assistant Producer Katy Galloway
Associate Designer Becca White
Video Designer Amelia Kosminsky

Image by Guy Sanders