Mártir [Martyr] appeared in 2012, as a response to the debate on Islamic fundamentalism that was dividing German society at the time. “I found the way people in Western Europe proudly present our society as based on ‘Christian values’ completely hypocritical”, Marius von Mayenburg recollects. Consequently, he decided to dramatise – i.e. confront, problematise – the causes of political and religious radicalism. Benjamin, the “martyr” of the title, is a Christian fundamentalist, someone who interprets biblical precepts with absurd literality. Rodrigo Francisco has carefully and subtly brought to the stage these convulsive materials, presenting a “show like a social kaleidoscope that has been broken by intolerance and sectarianism”. This quote comes from the Portuguese edition of Time Out magazine, which has called Mártir one of the best theatre productions of 2018.
by Marius von Mayenburg directed by Rodrigo Francisco
translated by Manuela Nunes set design José Manuel Castanheira costumes Ana Paula Rocha lighting design Guilherme Frazão
cast Ana Cris, João Farraia, Inês de Castro, Ivo Marçal, João Cabral, Pedro Walter, Tânia Guerreiro, Vicente Wallenstein
produced by Companhia de Teatro de Almada
opening 23Nov2018 Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite (Almada) playing time 1:40 Ages 12 and up