Running time: 55 minutes
“It’s nostalgic, it’s about love, and beautiful people, but it’s also about strength and courage, and serves as a window on life in Malta during the war”... that’s how The Times Of Malta hailed this pocket musical, based on a true story from World War Two.
Glamorous British entertainer Christina Ratcliffe was in Valletta to entertain the troops. The dance-halls and bars of Strait Street were a magnet for servicemen during WW2. She fell in love with a daredevil pilot, and stayed on through the dangerous, heady days of the war... when Malta was the most heavily-bombed place on earth.
Still singing and dancing with ‘The Whizz-Bangs’, she also worked with RAF Fighter Control in the secret underground world of the Operations Room. She became a living symbol of Malta’s heroic resistance as ‘Christina of George Cross Island’... and was decorated for gallantry by King George VI.
Featuring evocative wartime hits like “I’ll Be Seeing You” alongside original songs, including “Welcome To Valletta”.
Sponsored by The Mackintosh Foundation.
Supported by Arts Council Malta Cultural Export Fund.
Premiered by Strada Stretta Concept under the auspices of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.
Special thanks to John Rhys-Davies.
“Definitely one to watch. A highly enjoyable show which traces the human elements of Malta’s wartime past, while showcasing quality talent and a story which is both intriguing and endearing. Ratcliffe’s love affair with Warburton is the romantic gold in terms of storytelling, but what emerged most was her strength of character and reliance during some of the most terrible times Malta ever endured - as well as her love for the island and its people.” (Andre Delicata, Times Of Malta)
“This little musical has, at its heart, a love song for the people of the Maltese Islands, whose courage and unquenchable spirit shone brightly at a time of terrible danger and privation.” (Newspoint)
“I left the theatre feeling all the better after watching it… the characters ring true... the audience enjoyed the humour... I loved the songs.” (Marie Benoit, Malta Independent On Sunday)
“Just seen ‘Star Of Strait Street’ by Philip Glassborow. A gem. Catch it if you can. With brilliant Polly March and Larissa Bonaci.” (Stuart Gill, British High Commissioner to Malta)
Starring Polly March and Larissa Bonaci.
Musical director: Geoff Thomas.
Choreography: Emma Loftus.
Technical support: Vlad Ilich.
Written and directed by Philip Glassborow, based on the book, ‘Malta’s Greater Siege and Adrian Warburton DSO* DFC** DFC (USA)’ by Paul McDonald OBE.
Find out more about the company
Star of Strait Street Trailer v5 from Baswan on Vimeo.