Tuesday 17 October 2017

Claire Portrait

Claire Agius Ordway with new programme

WITH HER PERFORMING DAYS WITH ‘ZOO’ BEHIND HER, AND FOUR SUCCESSFUL SEASONS OF ‘HAJJA’ UNDER HER BELT, CLAIRE AGIUS ORDWAY TAKES LANA GRECH ON A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE AND TALKS ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT IN HER EVER EVOLVING CAREER                                                                   DAK-LI-JGHODD-LOGO

Claire Agius Ordway embarked on her theatrical studies at the Drama Unit Theatre Programme under the tuition of the best teachers on the island such as Karmenu Aquilina, Josette Ciappara and Paul Portelli to name a few.  After successfully completing the four year course, she was approached and embraced the opportunity to start working as a presenter on NET TV.   After gaining a wealth of experience as a presenter and in production, she worked on her own programme Minn Gidd ghal Gidd which addressed topics from conception to birth, to the first months of a baby‘s life. Its in-depth research and educational content made it hugely successful and with it came her first award, that of Best Educational Programme.

Claire’s versatility was highlighted further with her stage performances as part of the popular ‘Zoo’ team.  In addition, she continued producing various programmes ranging from satirical to educational and in the process earned herself three more awards, one for best comedy actress, one for best drama actress and another for best educational programme – Hajja.

So how do you top that?  I asked Claire to fill me in on what lies in store for her over the next few weeks.

“It will be hectic but very exciting as my new programme kicks off as well as another season of co-presenting Ilsien in-Nisa with my close friends and colleagues Clare Agius, Moira Delia, Pauline Agius and Mariella Scerri.

As always, my life is about trying to strike a healthy balance between my personal and professional life but as challenging as it may be, I consider myself lucky to be doing what I love every day – producing and presenting.  None of it would be possible without the help and support of my husband.  My three kids are my greatest inspiration.  They are the reason why I became so interested in producing pregnancy, childbirth and parenting related programmes”

Inevitably, talk turns to ‘Zoo’ and I asked her why they decided to go their separate ways.

“We all thought it was time to call it a day.  After nine years together we mutually decided to move on and have since set out on solo endeavours.  For me, this means that I finally get to focus on what has now become my full time project.  We decided that the title of the new programme should be Dak li jghodd meaning ‘what really matters’ when raising children’’.

Hajja went down so well with viewers, that it’s hard for me to think that Claire could come up with something bigger and better but she reassures me with a smile that she’s on to something really good.

‘’I really can’t wait for it to start.  Besides having a great production team, I’m enjoying every part of the creative process and hope that all the love and passion we are putting into our work will be transmitted to those watching.

As opposed to Hajja which was recorded and quite short in duration, Dak li jghodd will be live and a lot longer.  I really believe in involving our viewers so we will be welcoming interventions by telephone and experts will be on hand to answer questions and difficulties on the spot.  There are also live cookery sessions to look forward to, loads of features focusing on various topics, practical tips to help with parents’ busy lives, competitions and much much more.

Our Facebook page is up and running and we’re working on a new website.  It will be a mine of information for all those preparing to start a family, who are expecting and those who already have children.  I’m really looking forward to launching it!’’

Dak li jghodd will commence on the 1 October and will be aired every Tuesday from 5.45pm till 7pm on ONE.

 

 

 

 

 

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