Tiago Rodrigues/Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Portugal


by Tiago Rodrigues

Cristina Vidal has been a prompter at Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional D. Maria II for the past 40 years. Tonight, she reluctantly steps out of the shadows and shares stories from her decades of working in the theatre, not whispered from the prompt box, but on stage in full view of the audience for the first time. Stage action makes way for this usually unseen person to take the spotlight. Rather than prompting the actors for their lines, she prompts them for their memories.

Tiago Rodrigues, the theatre’s artistic director, explores the literal and metaphorical space the prompter inhabits, in between the stage and backstage. He weaves together excerpts from classic texts and anecdotes from backstage life to pay homage to the prompters who have become the embodiment of the memory of the theatre but are on the brink of extinction.

‘Sopro’ is the Portuguese word for breath. The production premiered at the Festival d’Avignon in 2017 and was acclaimed by critics and the public for its celebration of theatre, those who make it and those who watch it.

Performed in Portuguese with English surtitles.

Co-production ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Bastille, La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Festival Terres de Paroles Seine-Maritime – Normandie, Théâtre Garonne scène européenne, Teatro Viriato.

Supported by Onda (Office National de Diffusion Artistique).

Directed by Tiago Rodrigues
Cast includes:
Isabel Abreu, Beatriz Brás, Carla Bolito, Romeu Costa, Marco Mendonça and Cristina Vidal.
Stage and Lighting Design:
Thomas Walgrave
Costume Design:
Aldina Jesus
Sound Design:
Pedro Costa
Assistant Director:
Catarina Rôlo Salgueiro
Light Operation:
Daniel Varela


O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College


11 & 12 Oct, 7.30pm
13 Oct, 3.30pm




1h 45 mins. No interval.

Talking Theatre

12 Oct, post-show. With Tiago Rodrigues and members of the company.