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Ponto da Situação (State of play)

An open debate above the "daily froth"
Coordination and moderation Tiago Bartolomeu Costa
©José Frade
Past event
Dates and Schedules

10 October, 14 November, 12 December
16 January, 20 March  and 10 April 2023
Monday, 7 pm


Sala Bernardo Sassetti


Free admission, subject to room capacity.


Present times live trapped by speed and memory is conveniently replaced by rhetoric and impressions. In these monthly conversations of social, political, cultural and philosophical analysis, coordinated and moderated by Tiago Bartolomeu Costa, the details of present times are dismantled and the consequences of what is news are analysed against the “daily froth”. We bring to the meeting with the public ways of thinking, of foreseeing and of pursuing a common life, in a time of polarizations and mediatism, where the news have a 24-hour cycle but the consequences have no end time. In an open conversation, a regular panel of guests analyses common themes, confronting ideas and offering interpretations, in a gesture of public debate that we hope will be motivated and committed. Over the course of a season, the Theatre is the centre of the debates, becoming a place of thought and awareness.

With: Francisco Mendes da Silva, Isabel Moreira, Maria Paula Meneses and Paulo Pedroso.



#1 – October 10, 2022 session
listen here (session spoken in Portuguese and English)

With Francisco Mendes da Silva, Lawyer; Tina Sabounati, Marketing Specialist and Women’s Rights Activist and BiPoc; Maria Paula Meneses (via zoom), Researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra; Paulo Pedroso, Sociologist, and Sara Carinhas, Actress and Director.

Topics discussed:
– The protests in Iran: fundamentals, historical memory and the future
– Brazil divided: how to approach a country we think we know?
– Extremism on our doorstep: the elections in Italy
– What historical narratives do we continue to build and who is part of them?
– Geographic empathy, recognition and acceptance of violence

Suggestions from participants
Francisco Mendes da Silva: Best of Enemies (documentary, direction Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville, 2015: http://www.magpictures.com/bestofenemies/)
Paulo Pedroso: Maíra, by Darcy Ribeiro ( 1976, portuguese edition Dom Quixote, 1983); Raça e História, by Claude Levy-Strauss (1952, portuguese edition Nova Vega, 2020)
Sara Carinhas: podcast Isso Não é Noronha, by Isabel Guéron and Maria Ribeiro; book: Como Conversar Com Um Fascista (Record, 2015) and  Como Derrotar o Turbotecnomachonazifascismo (Record, 2020), by Márcia Tiburi
Tiago Bartolomeu Costa: Uma Paixão Simples, by Annie Ernaux (1992, portuguese edition Publicações Europa-América, 2020, translation Tereza Coelho)


The topics of the sessions are decided according to the current situation.

Cast and Creative

Coordination and moderation Tiago Bartolomeu Costa Guests Francisco Mendes da Silva, Isabel Moreira, Maria Paula Meneses, Paulo Pedroso e Sara Carinhas Production São Luiz Teatro Municipal


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