Ones to watch: online performances by Porto Municipal Theatre and São João National Theatre

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On 25 February, Porto Municipal Theatre (TMP) takes to the online stage the performance “F...”, by the Estrutura company. The São João National Theatre (TNSJ) features, as well, two performances online, which will be delivered these coming days.

Owing to the pandemic, and the preventive measures in place to fight the new coronavirus, the latest theatre play by the Estrutura company adapted to the digital platform and places to the stage the performance "F...", on 25th February, at 9 pm. Access via the virtual room here.

This is the story of a joined-up thinking by three women, Cátia Pinheiro, Patrícia da Silva and Paula Sá Nogueira that aims at deconstructing the visual culture with regard to the concepts of feminine, femininity, the ideal of beauty and objectification. Three women go on stage, with no restrictions. An aspect that should be mentioned is that the three artists never gathered together owing to the pandemic.

The show repeats on 26th February, at 7 pm, on TMP Facebook page, when the artists will talk about the performance, moderated by Rogério Nuno Costa. And on 27th February the “F…” performance will be available at the TMP Sala Virtual. The show is rated for 16 year-olds and up and it costs 3.5 euros.

The Estrutura, a company from Porto, was founded in 2009 by Cátia Pinheiro and José Nunes and has created several shows and training activities based on the topic of contemporary thinking. They promote artistic experimentation and collaborative network, as well.

Teatro São João takes to the online stage

The São João National Theatre also delivers feed to follow on the digital platforms these next days. Between 24th February and 9th March, it is possible to watch the show “Comédia de Bastidores”, which saw the return of theatre director Nuno Carinhas to TNSJ, back in 2020.

This is a three act play, written in 1972 by the English writer Alan Ayckbourn, and depicts three consecutive Christmas suppers, a bourgeois weeding, adultery, class conflict and society’s little obsessions.

Pandemic preventive measures mean that doors are shut to in-presence performances, so “Fake” will also go on stage in a virtual format. This performance will be presented between 26th February and 6th March. This show is based on a true story by the mystery novel writer, Norma B., who was charged with murder by her own husband. The performance is about information and misinformation, individual and collective beliefs and prejudice.

“Fake” was created by Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata, in collaboration with director Tiago Guedes. The performance delivers a dialogue between theatre and cinema, where the camera takes the role of a polygraph.

Both performances are available online, as from the date of inauguration, starting at 9 pm. Access to the BOL costs 2 euros.