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Um Rufia nas Escadas (Tthe ruffian on the stairs)

Text Joe Orton Staging Miguel Loureiro
João Ribeiro
Past event
Dates and Schedules

22 February to 5 March
Wednesday to Saturday, 19h30; Sunday, 16h


Sala Mário Viegas


1h10 aprox.


€12 with discounts (Covered by the Culture Pass - available only at the Theater ticket office)

Age Restriction



The play Um Rufia nas Escadas is based on Joe Orton and Kennegth Halliwell’s unfinished novel The Boy Hairdresser and was first performed in 1964 on BBC radio. Orton later writes a new version and in 1967 it premieres at the Royal Court Theatre. Mike, a former boxer, a thug who makes tough collections and Joyce, a former prostitute and now a housewife, live in a flat. A kitchen, a living room with a bed, an aquarium with a fish, a table, cups of tea – a realistic setting that is turned into satire, with a sordid, ironic, grotesque plot, in a combination of humour and horror. Wilson, a stranger, a bully, turns up at Mike and Joyce’s flat intent on revenge for the death of his brother, and lover, brutally murdered by Mike. Joe Orton uses the image of an ordered reality to transfigure it, abolishing and satirizing cultural, social and religious stereotypes, dealing with themes such as homosexuality, love and death.



Cast and Creative

Text Joe Orton Translation Joaquim Pena and Tiago da Câmara Pereira Directed by Miguel Loureiro Performed by Anabela Faustino, Ivo Alexandre and João Reixa Light design Rui Monteiro Set design André Guedes Costumes Ana Simão Co-production DOIS, Casa das Artes de Famalicão, Companhia de Teatro de Almada, Teatro Aveirense and São Luiz Teatro Municipal


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