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Pais & Filhos

By Pedro Penim Based on Ivan Turgueniev
©Carlos Pinto
Past event
Dates and Schedules

24 September to 3 October
Monday to Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday 5:30 pm


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra


2h15 aprox


€12 a €15 (with discounts)

Age Restriction


Portuguese Sign Language Audio Description

October 3rd, Sunday 5:30 pm

Subtitled in English, September 24th, 25th, 26th and October 3rd


Starting October 1st all the venues in Teatro São Luiz will be back to a 100% occupation in the audience. Given  this, there are extra tickets for sale for each session.
Until  further instructions from the health authorities (DGS), at the Luís Miguel Cintra venue given that it has more than 500 seats, it’s necessary to to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate, or a negative test certificate (PCR test performed in the 72 hour prior to the show; antigen test performed in the 48 hours prior to the show). Self tests are not accepted.
There will be no tickets switching, but any tickets for shows taking place until October 18th can be  fully reimbursed in  case the concentration of people within the theater’s enclosed spaces cause any discomfort.
For further informations please contact the ticket office with the phone number (+351) 213 257 650 or the email address  bilheteira@teatrosaoluiz.pt


Imagine a theatre show that combines the literary power of one of the most celebrated novels in world literature with the forefront of contemporary social debate on a thorny subject, revitalised by queer revolutionary activism: the abolition of the family. This is Pais & Filhos, written by Pedro Penim based on the Russian classic written in 1862 by Ivan Turgueniev, which lends its title to the show, and under the influence of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, published in 2019 by Sophie Lewis, a feminist committed with Cyborg Ecology and Queer Communism. Continuing a work of duplication between the biographical document and the creation of a fictional universe, Penim – who has an ongoing parenting project through the controversial process of surrogate pregnancy – seeks to deepen the debate on parentage and family, involving not only theatre spectators but also the media, academia and civil society and expanding Pais & Filhos to a dimension that goes beyond personal history.

Cast and Creative

Text and Staging Pedro Penim Interpretation Ana Tang, Bernardo de Lacerda, David Costa, Diogo Bento, Hugo van der Ding, Joana Barrios, João Abreu, Pedro Penim, Rita Blanco and Olívia (as Trouble) Staging Assistant Bernardo de Lacerda CHOREOGRAPHIC SUPPORT Luiz Antunes Scenario Joana Sousa Costumes Joana Barrios Master seamstress Rosário Balbi Doll realization António Vieira Imaginações Reborn Video Jorge Jácome Lights Daniel Worm d’Assumpção Sound Miguel Lucas Mendes Production Management Daniela Ribeiro (Teatro Praga) Production Alexandra Baião (Teatro Praga) Digital communication Mafalda Jacinto (Teatro Praga) Support Griffehairstyle, Hospital de Bonecas Co-production Teatro Praga, Teatro Nacional São João and São Luiz Teatro Municipal Acknowledgments Alessandro Valera, André e. Teodósio, Cláudia Jardim, Cláudia Semedo, David Motta, Freddy, Jacinta, Joana Lopes, Joana Manuel, José Maria Vieira Mendes, Lúcia, Mariana Vieira, Mark Lowen, Mimi, Olívia, Pedro Batista, Sophie Lewis, Tiago Bartolomeu Costa e António Vieira / Artista Reborn – Imaginações Reborn /// Teatro Praga is a structure financed by Governo de Portugal / Direção Geral das Artes /// O Teatro São Luiz/EGEAC é parceiro no Projeto Europeu Inclusive Theater(s).


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