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A Praia

By Peter Asmussen
Staged by João Reis
Dates and Schedules

July 6th to 17th
Wednesday to Saturday, 20h; Sunday 17h30


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra


€12 to €15 (with discounts)

Age Restriction


Portuguese Sign Language Audio Description

July 17, Sunday, 5:30 pm


Two couples, Jan and Sanne and Benedikte and Verner, meet by accident during a summer holiday at an isolated hotel on the Nordic coast. “The few guests who come here are always weird and prefer to keep to themselves”. It is from this statement, delivered at the beginning of the play, that Peter Asmussen draws the pretext to justify the apparent aphasia and dysfunction of his characters. The play, directed by João Reis, takes us through restlessness, strange melancholies and ironies, always with needs for consolation that are impossible to satisfy. “It is from this impossibility that comes the strength and the game of approach and escape of this text. What is extraordinary about this text by Asmussen is that, despite the impending catastrophe, there is still room for one last breath. As if the characters are waiting for some kind of lifeboat, someone who can rescue them from the impending shipwreck and from their sleepwalking and can lead them back to another place, even if only of illusory harmony”, writes João Reis.

Cast and Creative

Staging João Reis Assistant stage manager Marta Félix Text Peter Asmussen Translation João Reis Interpretation Filipa Leão, João Pedro Vaz, João Vicente e Lígia Roque Light design Nuno Meira Scenography Daniela Cardante Sound design Francisco Leal Costume design Nuno Baltazar Executive production Pinguim Púrpura Production O Lince Viaja Co-production Teatro Nacional São João and São Luiz Teatro Municipal Support Polo Cultural das Gaivotas | Boavista and IFICT Acknowledgements Patrícia Soares


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