Amarelo Silvestre  - © José Alfredo

© José Alfredo

Paralelo Programme

6 Thu 15.00h — school session 7 Fri 10.30h & 15.00h — school session 8 Sat 16.00h — family session

CAMPO ALEGRE Stage Auditorium

2.50€ (children and school groups) • 7.00€ (adults)
50min • >12

Amarelo Silvestre

Engolir sapos

Amarelo Silvestre  - © José Alfredo

© José Alfredo

A reflexion on prejudice and porcelain toads in the shape of theatre for families. In Portugal, there are porcelain toads on display in commercial establishments to ward off people. If porcelain toads upset people of flesh and blood (gypsies), real toads upset us all. On stage, father and daughter.

Established in 2009, the Amarelo Silvestre theatre company carries out its work out of Canas de Senhorim, Nelas. It performs contemporary theatre created in a semi-urban environment, aware of life and the world. It places special emphasis on plays written in Portuguese and on the actor’s choreographic body on stage. Word and body are the two cornerstones of Amarelo Silvestre’s artistic purpose. Fernando Giestas and Rafaela Santos are its artistic directors. Paula Trepado and Susana Rocha are in charge of administrative management and executive production. The Directorate-General for the Arts co-finances Amarelo Silvestre in 2018 and 2019.
Directed by
Rafaela Santos 
Fernando Giestas 
Amélia Giestas e Ricardo Vaz Trindade 
Ricardo Baptista 
Lighting design
Jorge Ribeiro 
Set and costumes design
Henrique Ralheta 
Leonor Barata 
Dramaturgy assistant
Jorge Palinhos 
Set design assistant
Carolina Reis 
Executive producer
Susana Rocha 
Administrative management
Paula Trepado 
Video recording
Eva Ângelo 
Video recording assistant
Maria Ana Krupenski 
Photographic record
José Alfredo 
Created by
Amarelo Silvestre
Co-produced by
Amarelo Silvestre
Teatro Municipal do Porto
Teatro Viriato
Centro de Arte de Ovar 
Artistic residencies 
Teatro Viriato
As Casas do Visconde
Centro de Arte de Ovar
Projecto 23 Milhas
Olho Vivo/Viseu
As Casas do Visconde 
República Portuguesa - Cultura/Direcção Geral das Artes 
Further support
Borgstena e Agrupamento de Escolas
Bombeiros Voluntários
Centro Social e Paroquial e Junta de Freguesia de Canas de Senhorim 


Approach Programme to Performing Arts

This programme, implemented by Teatro Municipal do Porto, develops and presents a variety of proposals linked to the programme and for all audiences. It thus puts forward a series of actions taking place at Rivoli and Campo Alegre, ranging from performances to workshops, from encounters to long term projects, from talks to guided tours. Given that one of its main purposes is mediation, it is crucial to focus on the variety of existing audiences, as well as on the fostering of an active, critical participation that enhances reflection upon the performing arts, and a close and constructive relation to their creators. While it offers performances and activities specifically meant for schools and families on a monthly basis, Paralelo also provides other audiences with the chance to regularly and jointly approach performing arts with different proposals and approaches.

PROGRAMME 2019/2020

Performances for School Groups and Families

They are presented under the Programa Paralelo, performances that target children, young people and families. These performances also have sessions for school groups.
Patrícia Portela [New dates

Patrícia Portela [New datesBoas memórias

Paralelo Programme
12 Sat 19.00h 13 Sun 17.00h
Teatro Campo Alegre


Workshops & Masterclasses

These are practical activities that bring together national and international creators who present their work at Teatro Municipal do Porto and the several audiences (students, professionals, curious people with or without experience) of different age groups. They foster a better understanding of the work we present here, of the parties involved and of the creative process as a whole. Each workshop or master class is €2.50, or free upon presentation of ticket for the corresponding performance.

Aquecimento Paralelo

Once a month, this workshop challenges the spectators to try a given performance’s idea or movement out right before watching it. It not only enables a brief approach to different languages, it also allows all those who participate in it (with or without experience) to relate to the performances in a way that is rather different than the usual. Each Paralelo Warm Up is 2.50€, or free upon presentation of ticket for the corresponding performance.


Based on the season’s performances, the main topic is performing arts, and everyone is invited to the conversation, which is first and foremost meant to be participatory and enriching. These encounters promote a wide-ranging debate on a specific topic, vary in length, and may take place at the Theatre, schools or unconventional places.

Post-performance talks

This season, we challenged three guests to moderate these talks. Every now and then, someone from Teatro Municipal do Porto’s programming team or some other guest may take on that role. The post-performance talk doesn’t last long (around half an hour), and its goal is to engage directly with the artists and to get closer to the basic ideas and processes behind the piece that has just been presented and about which we’d like to know more.

Ongoing projects

Every year we have undertaken a long term project, always with specific groups of participants. The projects can focus on different artistic fields, and they allow for a continuing practice over several months. They also encourage sharing among the group, and raising awareness and acknowledgement that performing arts can and must be for all. This season’s long term project, “O Amigo Secreto” [The Secret Friend], challenges and questions the holders of the Teatro Municipal do Porto’s Friend Card on the concept of “friendship” and on what it means, after all, to be friends with a theatre.

Spectator workshop

Aged 8 to 13
We propose to this group to watch, together, the performances presented under the Parallel. After each work, Tomás Carneiro, of Public Philosophy, challenges them to question and to discover the various looks that the Performative Arts make possible

Aged 14 to 18
This will be a place to discover, reflect and share. Starting from the different proposed performances, we try to construct a joint critical thought, a result of the individuality of each one. It is intended to start from the experience of Angela Diaz Quintela to propose challenges, influence and be influenced by the natural transformation of thought. Provide a space of constant questioning and openness, losing the fear of not liking or not perceiving, thus recognizing the importance that this place has for the various artistic areas.

Older than 18 
Once a month, this group attends a performance of the Teatro Municipal do Porto. After the performance, Tomás Carneiro, from Philosophy, proposes an informal conversation. The challenge is for everyone to have the opportunity to question and be questioned, to discover (or not) other perspectives, and, above all, to be able to share.

Duration: once a month from October 2019 to July 2020. Tickets to the performances 2.50€. To apply for one of the groups or for further information, e-mail us at:


Twenty Minutes

“Twenty Minutes” is a Teatro Municipal do Porto project taking place during the 2018/2019 school year and involving final-year students at one of Porto’s following art schools: ACE – School of Arts; balleteatro; ESAP – Porto Higher School of Art, and ESMAE – School of Music and Performing Arts. Its main goal is to present new creations developed and performed exclusively by students. 

Guided tours

The Teatro Municipal do Porto opens the doors of its two poles, Rivoli and Campo Alegre, in order to unveil its frames. A guided tour that intends to make known these two Theaters, but also the work that is developed here and the team that works in them.

11.00h — 12.30h


Catarina Mesquita (Production) 
Vanessa Freitas (Technical department) 


Francisco Teles (Technical department)

Marina Freitas (Production)


Minimum 6 and maximum 25 participants 
Registration for

Aside from the dates mentioned, there is also the possibility of organising group tours.
This service may be provided at request upon prior application to
Appointing the visit is contingent on the availability of the teams and on the theatre’s activities.
Translation in English, French and Portuguese Sign Language may be provided whenever requested.

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Solidary dress rehearsals

This initiative proposes that the general rehearsal of a particular performance or artist be promoted to the benefit of social solidarity institutions through the transfer of tickets, which the institution in turn makes available to its members and the public at symbolic values. The amount raised goes entirely to the institutions.

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