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Memórias de Uma Falsificadora

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Based on the book by Margarida Tengarrinha Directed by Joaquim Horta
©Estelle Valente
Past event
Dates and Schedules

April 23rd to 30th
Monday to Saturday, 19h30; Sunday, 16h


Sala Mário viegas


€12 (with discounts)

Age Restriction



Joaquim Horta adapts to the stage Margarida Tengarrinha’s book Memórias de Uma Falsificadora – A Luta na Clandestinidade pela Liberdade em Portugal, which tells how the author used her skills as an artist and Fine Arts student to forge documents, guaranteeing work for the resistants to Salazar’s dictatorship. The show is part of a cycle about everyday life started by Joaquim Horta, in 2016, with the play Amorzinho, an adaptation of the correspondence between an anonymous couple, Maria de Lourdes and Alfredo, from 1934 to 1943, and a unique and real testimony of the life of ordinary Portuguese people in those years. The will to adapt Memórias de Uma Falsificadora comes from a sentence written by Margarida Tengarrinha in her book: “When I read the accounts of several comrades, which have already been published, I notice that they talk about important political facts, high and heroic moments of the fight, but they never approach these questions of daily life that we, women, live patiently. It is with a portrait of daily life in the period between 1948 and 1974 in mind that the actor and director sets out on this new show, using the words and ideas of Margarida Tengarrinha, who was born in Portimão in 1928 and studied Fine Arts in Lisbon, where she met her future partner and father of her two daughters, the painter José Dias Coelho, a leading member of the Portuguese Communist Party. With him, she swapped a comfortable life as a daughter of the bourgeoisie for the difficult life of the underground. Following the 25th of April 1974, she was a PCP deputy, elected for the Algarve. In 2014, for her work in the cultural field and in defence of women’s rights, she became the first recipient of the Maria Veleda Award.

Cast and Creative

Based on the book by Margarida Tengarrinha Direction and Adaptation Joaquim Horta Interpretation Catarina Requeijo Light Design and Video Miguel Manso Co-production Horta – cultural products, Truta, Museu do Aljube and São Luiz Teatro Municipal


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