The “Rooster of Barcelos” is Portugal’s most popular souvenir, sold as a knick-knack, key ring, fridge magnet, postcard… In Old Cock, it comes to life. Haughty, he tells us his story: he saved a pilgrim wrongly accused of a crime from the gallows. But he’s not satisfied, he demands explanations and Salazar (in deepfake), the dictator who kept Portugal in the grip of fascism for 40 years, comes to the rescue. This is how the rooster learns that, after all, he is part of the manipulative nationalist fiction that Salazar invented. The Rooster recovers his vocation as a vigilante and sets out to take revenge on the populist Salazar. Old Cock is a play written for Jorge Andrade by the American writer Robert Schenkkan, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards.

direction and interpretation Jorge Andrade text Robert Schenkkan set design José Capela costume design José Capela, with execution from Miss Suzie light João Fonte technical direction João Fonte production team Joana Mesquita Alves, Inês Soares Lopes, Sofia Freitas coproduction FITEI - Festival Internacional de Teatro de Expressão Ibérica, Teatro Viriato, Theatro Circo

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May 17, 18 and 19 ‧ mala voadora (Porto)

May 24 ‧ Centro Cultural de Paredes de Coura (Paredes de Coura)

May 28 and 29 ‧ Teatro Viriato (Viseu)

October 4 ‧ Theatro Circo (Braga)