A collaboration between mala voadora and Teatro Oficina, a sala branca is based on Don DeLillo’s The Day Room – a circular play. Everything takes place in a hospital room, which is another room in the same hospital, which is a motel room, which is the possible location of a theatre show, which is confused with the reality of a hospital room. There are people who disguise themselves so they can go and watch people who disguise themselves, and there are people who want to go and see a show that is the show they themselves are putting on. The staging abandons itself to this delirium. The characters listen to the walls and the floor, hide behind plants, clap their hands to request music; the first thing they do after the audience enters is leave.
It’s not clear where the theatre is in relation to which a ‘theatre within the theatre’ can be identified. But beyond this fictional mise-en-abyme with no beginning or end, we particularly enjoyed the celebration of theatre itself that the text allows.

text Don Delillo translation master's students from the translation programme at the University of Minho, coordinated by Filomena Louro and Ana Chaves direction Jorge Andrade with Anabela Almeida, André Júlio Teixeira, Carlos António, David Cabecinha, David Pereira Bastos, Diana Sá, Emílio Gomes, Jorge Andrade and Tânia Alves set design José Capela, with execution by Carlos Maia costumes José Capela light Pedro Vieira de Carvalho, with operation by Ricardo Santos movement support Victor Hugo Pontes sound Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins promotional image José Júpiter stage photography José Carlos Duarte production João Lemos management and programming consultancy Vânia Rodrigues coproduction mala voadora and Teatro Oficina residencies Centro de Criação de Candoso, mala voadora Porto, O Espaço do Tempo and Negócio-ZDB support Superdecor


September 11 to 13, 2013 ‧ Negócio - ZDB (Lisbon)

September 21 to 22, 2013 ‧ Fábrica ASA (Guimarães)