MARTIM PEDROSO - © Alípio Padilha

© Alípio Padilha



Fri 24 & Sat 25 Feb / 7pm


 7,50 eur • 16yrs+


Filhos das Mães

MARTIM PEDROSO - © Alípio Padilha

© Alípio Padilha

Those mortals who have produced children are less fortunate than those who have no experience at all of parenthood. The childless, who have failed to attain children, because they are uncertain whether they are in the end a blessing or a torment to mankind, are spared many trials. As for those who do possess in their homes young offspring that they cherish, I see them worn away each passing hour by anxiety. First as to how they are to rear them properly and from what resources they are to leave them the means to live; further to this, it is hidden from them whether good children or bad will be the reward for their efforts.

in Medea by Euripides
“Filhos das Mães” [Mothers’ Children] is the follow-up to “Consegues ver os teus pés?” [Can you see your feet], an original idea by Flavia Gusmão for six pregnant actresses, premièred in Teatro Taborda in May 2014, directed by Martim Pedrosa and produced by Nova Companhia. While the first show was a poetic-dramatic digression about how the gestational state directly and indirectly influences the acting of the six pregnant actresses, this next show now addresses, after the birth of all the children, a poetic and political monument to filiation and responsibility. How do these same actresses position themselves in the theatre after the experience of becoming mothers? What do their children add to these mothers? And what does this show add to theatre itself?

Martim Pedroso was born in Lisbon, in April 1979. He has a university diploma in Actor Training and a degree in Theatre Directing from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa. Between 2001 and 2006 he worked as an actor and co-creator with various Portuguese and international companies. He began working as a theatre director in 2005 and his work has included the following: “Seres Humanos” (2006); “Dream Play”, a triptych (2008 and 2009); “Purgatório” (2009); “A Philosophia do Gabiru” (2011); “O Grande Salão” (2012); and “Lúcia Afogada” (2015). In 2013 he founded the Nova Companhia production structure with the producer Bruno Reis. He is currently a lecturer for the MAs Theatre Directing I and Theatre Directing II at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa.
Director Martim Pedroso 
Dramaturgical support Flávia Gusmão
Performers and co-creators Flávia Gusmão, Joana Seixas, Katrin Kaasa, Rita Calçada Bastos and Vera Kolodzig
Director’s assistant and costume designer João Telmo
Technical director and lighting designer Paulo Santos
Sound design and original music Rui Rebelo
Guest musician Chullage
Set designers João Pedro Vale & Nuno Alexandre Ferreira
Video Luísa Homem
Photographs Alípio Padilha
Rehearsal assistant Sofia Correia and Statt Miller
Production Nova Companhia
Co-production Teatro Municipal do Porto, São Luiz Teatro Municipal
Approx. duration 1h40