By the storytellers of Restorying Lives Project - (Mosta sessions)
They're talking amongst themselves behind the curtains - they're professional dancers and there are about 10 or 12 of them.
They're called 'Charlies Angels', or 'The Crazy Girls'
Perhaps they're excited, butterflies in their stomachs, worried about making a wrong step.They're showing off their legs -On the whole they're nice legs - youngish legs as they have no veins.
They're very eager for it to start.
'When will it start?'
It could be competition - dancing the Waltz.
They could be dancing slow because of their mismatched shoes or they could be standing on one leg.
The dancing show is about to start and they're waiting for their turn to dance the Charleston, or the Can Can.
Or else they could be at the Talkies - at the Palladium, which has now closed down.
It's probably Winter time - maybe Christmas or Easter - in time for the musicals or perhaps the Panto.
The troupe is made up mostly of women dancers - but there is one of them who is male. The men in the audience are the experts. Perhaps there are some women too. In my time, we were not allowed to go watch a show with a man without a chaperone. Even at Mass, men and women were split up in different pews - in Hal Ghaxaq, it is still like that. Even the British, had their own row. When we went to mass we would wear 'manicotti' (no short sleeves) and a veil.
There will be a reception after - we Maltese always like that - as we enjoy eating and they will start with a drink of whisky or vodka.