Teatro S√£o Jo√£o

Terno e Cruel

by Martin Crimp
directed by Jo√£o Cardoso

Terno e Cruel


A while ago, someone asked Martin Crimp to describe himself, and the British playwright replied: ‚ÄúI once wrote a play called Cruel and Tender.‚ÄĚ If we were to ask the same from the ASS√©DIO company, their answer would probably be something along these lines: ‚ÄúOnce, we created a theatre company that, over a period of nine years, presented six stage productions from texts by Martin Crimp.‚ÄĚ Relationships as long, faithful and productive as the one between the ASS√©DIO company and Crimp are pretty thin on the ground. In the year of its 26th anniversary, this Porto company returns to Crimp‚Äôs dramatic world, precisely with a staging of Cruel and Tender, a loose adaptation of The Trachiniae, Sophocles‚Äô ‚Äúimperfect‚ÄĚ and least known tragedy, which unites the fates of Deianeira and Heracles. Crimp transposes the myth to our times and to the often disastrous consequences of the so-called ‚Äúwar on terror‚ÄĚ. Can a general who has crossed the border to ‚Äúroot out terror‚ÄĚ, by razing down a foreign city, find peace in his own home?


by Martin Crimp directed by Jo√£o Cardoso

translation Pedro Galiza set design and costumes Sissa Afonso lighting design Nuno Meira soundtrack and sound design Francisco Leal music Manuel Guerra direction assistance João Castro executive production Maria Inês Peixoto

cast √āngela Marques, Daniel Silva, In√™s Afonso Cardoso, Jo√£o Cardoso, Jo√£o Castro, L√© Bald√©, Lu√≠sa Guerra, Pedro Galiza, Pedro Quiroga Cardoso, Sara Neves extra El√≠ude Branco

co-produced by ASSéDIO, Teatro Nacional São João

playing time 1:40 Ages 16 and up
post-show talk + Portuguese Sign Language | 25 Feb
ticket prices 7,50 ‚ā¨ ‚Äď 16,00 ‚ā¨