Chalk Line presents
In collaboration with Davinia Hamilton and Marta Vella
Supported By: Abortion Support Network, Break The Taboo Malta, The Women's Rights Foundation, artsdepot and Artsadmin
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.
Every year, hundreds of Maltese women seek abortion healthcare, despite the blanket ban on abortion in Malta, and despite the surveys that suggest Maltese people are almost unanimously anti-choice. On abortion, Malta really is a remote island, with deeply conservative views on reproductive rights. But beyond the repression are unspoken stories of courage, resilience, grief, and solidarity.
With the travel restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus, making abortion accessible to all has never been more pertinent.
Tue 22nd - Thu 24th February 2022
Blanket Ban received Arts Council England funding to undergo a research and development period in December 2020, supported by Artsadmin, Break The Taboo Malta, The Women's Rights Foundation and Abortion Support Network.
Blanket Ban then received further Arts Council England Funding on the Artist Residency Scheme at artsdepot in May 2021. The team used their residency at artsdepot to turn research, interviews, and case studies into a first draft of the piece, through both physical exploration as well as experimenting with projection. During their time on the residency with artsdepot they also spent time on how to develop the piece for an online audience, allowing it to be safely watched by Maltese women in the comfort of their own homes.
Blanket Ban has now received further support from Arts Council England to debut at The Vault Festival in February 2022.
Devised by the company | Cast - Davinia Hamilton & Marta Vella
Creative Team - Director and Co-Producer Vikesh Godhwani | Associate Director and Co-Producer Sam Edmunds |
Video Designer - Amelia Kosminsky | Designer - Becca White
Associate Producer - Katy Galloway
Picture Credit - Lidia Crisafulli
Video Design Credit - Amelia Kosminsky