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By Orlando da Costa
© Margarida Dias
Past event
Dates and Schedules

10 – 19 January
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 21h; Thursday, 20h; Sunday, 17h30


Meeting with the artists
19 January, Sunday at 17h30


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra


€12 to €15 with discounts

Age Restriction


Portuguese Sign Language Audio Description

19 January, Sunday at 17h30


As Indian Union troops in 1961, prepare to invade the so-called “Portuguese India,” a Brahmin and Catholic family from Goa faces its ghosts and fears. Orlando da Costa creates a dramatic microclimate where the characters grow until they reach the extreme dimension of their strengths. An almost unbreathable atmosphere caused by the confrontations and debates between the characters, where love, hate, commitment, courage and weakness explode in the face of the inevitable. The invasion of Goa, Damão and Diu, which lasted only 36 hours and which marks the beginning of the end of the Portuguese Empire, has never before or after this work been addressed on the Portuguese stage. Written in 1967 and published in 1971, during the term of the “Comissão de Censura”, this work was translated into English and released in India in January 2017.

Cast and Creative

Text Orlando da Costa Playwriting and Direction Fernanda Lapa Set and Costumes António Lagarto Cast Elsa Galvão, João Grosso (kindly provided by TNDM II), Margarida Marinho, Carolina Amaral, Pedro Russo and 10 extras to be designated Staging and movement assistant Marta Lapa Lighting design Paulo Santos Photography Margarida Dias Production Director Ruy Malheiro Support Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Fundação Oriente Acknowledgments António and Ricardo Costa Co-production Escola de Mulheres and São Luiz Teatro Municipal


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