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New Diorama and Underbelly Untapped Award 2022
Chalk Line presents

Blanket Ban

Written by Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella

"It makes theatre seem essential when it so often doesn't." Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

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“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

Image by Guy Sanders


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.

★★★★★ "Hard-hitting, and painfully eye-opening" Theatre Weekly

★★★★★ "A heart-shatteringly brilliant piece of theatre" SkinnyMagazine

★★★★★ "Theatre such as this is rare" MickeyJoTheatre

★★★★ "It seems impossible to leave Blanket Ban without a sense of the great peril of the lack of abortion access in Malta – and of course, across the western world" WhatsOnStage

★★★★ "Blanket Ban is Fringe theatre at its best...a fast-paced, punchy and powerful production" Wee Review

★★★★ "This piece is a compelling case for reproductive rights across the world." Reviews Hub

★★★★ “This impassioned show is a powerful, humorous and poignant exploration of Malta’s nationwide ban on abortion.” Three Weeks

MUST SEE SHOW - Fringe Review

"A triumph" The National, Steph Brawn

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


Previous Dates:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022
New Diorama 2022

Performed & Written by Davinia Hamilton & Marta Vella
Directed by Sam Edmunds & Vikesh Godhwani
Produced by Chalk Line Theatre
Assistant Producer & Understudy Sandie von Brockdorff
Designer Cara Evans
Sound Designer Matteo Depares

Research and Development (Artsadmin 2020- artsdepot 2021)

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

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