Thu 15 to Sat 17 SEP ⁄ 9.30pm
Sun 18 SEP ⁄ 5pm
Wed 21 to Sat 24 SEP ⁄ 9.30pm

CAMPO ALEGRE Stage Auditorium

7,50 Eur • Age Suitability 12yrs+
Duration approx. 1h30 


Casa Vaga

Co-production ⁄ Re-run

Around 1840, three Portuguese emigrated to the American Far West in search of better living conditions and work. In the Old West, they are cowboys at odds with the frontier myth of the American dream.
Hasty and enthusiastic readers about the first socialist utopias, among quotations, discussions, ballads, shoot-outs, poems, jokes, horseback rides through the early worries of capitalism, the three cowboys try to create a new world to live in. However, their utopias and revolutionary projects come up against the capitalist model and they will have to decide the direction for their actions and what to do when their hands are stained with blood. “Casa Vaga” is a cowboy play that focuses on interests and topics present in recent TEP programmes: a questioning of the real living and working conditions in Portugal, and an examination of the systemic methods of domination that the capitalist model exerts over individuals and on their aspirations for happiness Mixing history and fiction, desire and utopia, pistols and books, in this performance, the world, the old and the new, is an empty house that we will occupy.

Teatro Experimental do Porto (TEP)
is the oldest theatre company in operation in Portugal, having presented its first performance in 1953. Under the artistic direction of António Pedro (1953-1961), TEP was a pioneer of modern theatre in Portugal. Between 1998 and the end of 2009, the company was directed by Norberto Barroca, after which Júlio Gago took over. In 2012, Gonçalo Amorim, resident stage director since 2010, became its artistic director.
Conception and Stage Direction Gonçalo Amorim, Pedro Gil, Raquel Castro and Rui Pina Coelho
Text Rui Pina Coelho
Performance Gonçalo Amorim, Ana Brandão, Nuno Nunes
Live original music Pedro João and Ricardo Nogueira
Set design and costumes Catarina Barros
Lighting Francisco Tavares Teles
Sound design support Carlos Reis