Teatro de Marionetas do Porto (Portugal)

“Os 3 Porquinhos”

21 and 22 May at 10pm (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Stage direction and scenography: João Paulo Seara Cardoso Text: Stefan Harrel, Lydia Lunch, Jello Biafra, J. O. Halliwell Puppets: Jorge Ramalho Puppets painting: Emilia Sousa Costumes: Manuela Pedro Sound design: Miguel Reis, Luís Aly Video: Yves Godrèche Lighting design: António Real Production: Mário Moutinho Performers: Edgard Fernandes, Rui Queiroz de Matos, Sara Henriques Special guest star:
 John Rambo Photographs: Susana Neves Company sponsored by: Governo de Portugal / Secretário de Estado da Cultura - DGArtes Technique: Mix For audiences over: +16 Running time: 45 min. Language: English with subtitles in Portuguese


The three little pigs and the evil wolf have travelled the time vortex and have reached us, the inhabitants of the global village.
Where are they, how do they survive, how did our metaphorical pigs adapt themselves to post-modernist times?
In this never ending story of big and small, strong and weak, predators and victims, the fundamental questions are always unanswered: who eats who, who is eaten?
What‘s the moral of the story?
The moral of the story isn’t the most important.
It doesn’t matter who eats who; what’s really important is not letting ourselves be eaten.
Because life is beautiful and the sky is blue.



Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, one of the most well-known puppet companies in Portugal, presents in Lisbon one of its remarkable creations. Since their formation, in 1998, the company produced and presented more than 30 shows. All these productions represent extremely diverse experiences in the contemporary puppet theatre, looking to find new ways of conception and
manipulation of puppets and new ways of regarding the interpretation and the relationship with other areas of creation. The company also dedicates itself  to the study and revival of old forms of traditional theatre, like Teatro Dom Roberto, which has been presented more than a thousand times.

Their founder and artistic director, João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010), studied theatre and puppet theatre, attended courses in the Institut National d`Éducation Populaire and Institut International de la Marionnette, in France. He worked with João Coimbra, Marcel Violette, Jim Henson and Lopez Barrantes. In 1982 he initiated the study and spreading of the Teatro Dom Roberto, Portuguese traditional puppets that had more than 1500 presentations. He published children’s books and was the author of television series for the young audiences.

The group splits its activity between the programming of the Teatro do Belomonte, in Oporto, and an intense activity, touring in Portugal and abroad. Presently, the TMP is engaged in a major project, the Museu de Marionetas do Porto, opened in February 2013.

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