(from Greek skene, "scene-building"), in ancient Greek theatre, a building behind the playing area that was originally a hut for the changing of masks and costumes but eventually became the background before which the drama was enacted. First used c. 465 BC, the skene was originally a small wooden structure facing the circle of spectators. It developed into a two-story edifice decorated with columns, with three doors used for entrances and exits and the appearance of ghosts and gods; it was flanked by wings (paraskenia). By the end of the 5th century BC, the wooden skene was replaced by a permanent stone structure. In the Roman theatre it was an elaborate building facade. The modern concept of the theatrical scene, which is an integral and functional part of the play, evolved from the Renaissance. In the ancient theatre the skene was merely a conventional background.
Built in the early 1950's and housed in the Luqa Parish Centre, originally known as St. Andrew's Theatre, this 450 seat theatre has been completely refurbished and renewed in 1996. With the change of the century it has been renamed "Metanoia": a word coming from "meta" (above or beyond), and "noia" from the root "nous", of mind, and means a fundamental shift (or change) in thinking...