Teatro S茫o Jo茫o

Catarina e a Beleza de Matar Fascistas

written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues

Catarina e a Beleza de Matar Fascistas


Times have changed, and now is perhaps time for the theatre to use its artifices to take us to a future time that can better explain the present time. It was this allegorical approach that Tiago Rodrigues adopted as the new premise of his play, Catarina e a Beleza de Matar Fascistas [Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists]. A family gets together in a house near the village of Baleiz茫o to uphold their annual tradition: the kidnapping and killing of fascists. Now is the turn of Catarina, one of the family鈥檚 youngest members. It is a day of celebration, beauty and death. But Catarina is incapable of killing and a dispute begins, while the ghost of another Catarina, with the surname Euf茅mia, looms. What is a fascist? Is there room for violence in the struggle for a better world? Is it acceptable to break the rules of democracy in order to better defend it? Like a dystopian poem, the show moves away from reality to bring us closer to it, engaging in a poetic negotiation with popular culture. Thus the theatre becomes a means for our collective projection onto the future we must build.


written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues

set design F. Ribeiro costumes Jos茅 Ant贸nio Tenente lighting design Nuno Meira sound design and original music Pedro Costa voice and elocution Jo茫o Henriques voice-over Cl谩udio Castro, Nadezhda Bocharova, Paula Mora, Pedro Mold茫o movement support Sofia Dias, V铆tor Roriz stage fight and weapons support David Chan Cordeiro direction assistance Margarida Bak Gordon artistic collaboration Magda Bizarro executive production Rita Forjaz, Pedro Pestana

cast Ant贸nio Fonseca, Beatriz Maia, Carolina Passos Sousa, Isabel Abreu, Marco Mendon莽a, Pedro Gil, Romeu Costa, Rui M. Silva

produced by Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

co-produced by Wiener Festwochen, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Th茅芒tredelaCit茅 鈥 CDN Toulouse Occitanie & Th茅芒tre Garonne Sc猫ne Europ茅enne Toulouse, Festival d鈥橝utomne 脿 Paris & Th茅芒tre des Bouffes du Nord, Teatro di Roma 鈥 Teatro Nazionale, Com茅die de Caen, Th茅芒tre de Li猫ge, Maison de la Culture d鈥橝miens, BIT Teatergarasjen, Le Trident 鈥 Sc猫ne Nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Teatre Lliure, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, O Espa莽o do Tempo

opening 18 Sep 2020 Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimar茫es)

playing time 2:30 Ages 16 and up

Programme organized under the Portugal-France 2022 Season

English subtitles

Audio Description | 3 jul Post-show talk | 1 jul