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Margarita Xhepa / Excellent Mother, A Pearl Actress…

Character / English / February 26, 2011

She has crystal, bright blue eyes. Who knows why God bestowed such a particular beauty on her of which she became conscious later on. But surely God has had plenty of free time to gift a special voice to her besides her characteristic beauty distinguished by her yellow plaits. Her voice sound echoes in the ears even if you have heard it once. She is called Margarita Xhepa.

On the stage

Her repertoire includes over 200 roles. She has been a queen, a poor girl, a mother, a grandmother, a lover and also a worker. She confesses to never stop her observations in order to see others’ details, stances, moves of hands until Lord gives her strength and memory. The latter have not changed with the passing of years. She likes to talk about movies and the theatre and the way how she will work. She is distinguished by her tender behaviours, apt to leave aside every quarrel or misunderstanding. This has helped her to be loved by all. She feels like at home at the theatre where she goes more often. She knows that place for decades. She loves and adores that place with which she seems to share secrets.

To her, the biggest reward are the nieces and nephews. She feels fulfilled among them. They are like a gift to her. She finds in them an oasis of calm and kindness.

Every one’s mother

Often she has played mothers’ roles throughout her career. Certainly mother’s role supplies her with another strength. She convinces with the way she looks at you, how she advises or speaks. Asked about how her role in life as a mother has been, she replies: “I am a mother of three sons. It has been very difficult to raise children and be responsible for the house chores. But I believe I have succeeded. To her, the biggest reward are the nieces and nephews. She feels fulfilled among them. They are like a gift to her. She finds in them an oasis of calm and kindness. Her present life is divided between the theatre and house. The Queen Ikuba was one of her latest roles. Nowadays she is a queen not because of her many titles and prizes she has been awarded throughout her life but because her experience as an actress is a priceless wealth. She accepts that the roles for her are scarce now. But I like to be on the stage even to play secondary roles because I don’t want to leave the stage. She knows tens of verses by heart.
She never gives up poetry. Her favourite are Albanian and foreign poets. She participates in poetry events even abroad. She likes to recite. She remains allured by the magic of poetry and the literary figures, such as metaphors, reading between lines…

Traveling

Margarita Xhepa shows another side of her: she likes travelling. “I like so much to fly because it seems to me to be closer to Lord,” she says. She says that flying makes her feel like a bird. Flying makes her feel closer to the sky because she sees her life as a strange flight between the art wings. Margarita feels good that the airplane is no longer a luxury nowadays. Airplane brings you closer to the relatives who are far away. Undoubtedly she is an honoured lady. She has been able to be a lady inside. She has worked hard to build up her artistic and social identity and surely this has started very early. Much before she became an actress. Since when she was a child and walked bare-footed in the roads of Lushnja to take care of her brothers and younger sisters after her mother died …. She recited a poetry of Aleks Çaçi when she was a kid. That was her first contact with the public. Years later she played Lady Milford. Then, Zyraka and other world-famous roles. She had a good voice. This was detected long before she could discover how talented she was …


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Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.




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