Overdrama was the first text – in this case, a play – that Chris Thorpe wrote for mala voadora. Taking events in progress at the time of writing as a reference, Overdrama portrays a situation of social turmoil, on the verge of a generalised catastrophe. A group of individuals share their personal dramas and, through them, their position, more involved or more distanced, in relation to the events. What appears to be a collection of independent stories turns out to be a single plot: most of the characters were in fact narrating the journey that led to their deaths. Those who are alive are the protagonists of a utopia: the possibility of breaking the cyclicality of history, the possibility of people not ceasing to be revolutionaries when they mature. The show ends with a grandmother (Márcia Breia) sacrificing her life to fulfil a bomb attack.

We also asked Chris Thorpe for this play about revolution to explore narrative resources typical of bourgeois drama: problems in the ‘family’, adultery and other disaffection, the contrast between ‘rich’ and ‘poor’, the quiproquó, happy coincidences and unhappy coincidences, expectation – and a certain pathos of entrances and exits from the scene, which became one of the themes of the staging.

direction Jorge Andrade text Chris Thorpe translation Francisco Frazão with Anabela Almeida, Cláudia Gaiolas, Flávia Gusmão, Jorge Andrade, Márcia Breia, Marco Paiva, Miguel Damião/Carlos António, Miguel Fragata, Pedro Gil, Sílvia Filipe, Tânia Alves and Wagner Borges/Bernardo de Almeida, among others set design José Capela, with photography by Bruno Simão promotional image Isaque Pinheiro stage photography Bruno Simão and José Carlos Duarte costumes Rita Lopes Alves light Daniel Worm d’Assumpção, with assistance from Eduardo Abdála production Manuel Poças coproduction Culturgest support Cineteatro Joaquim d’Almeida, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and NG5


July 7 to 9, 2011 ‧ Culturgest (Lisbon)

June 2, 2012 ‧ Teatro Viriato (Viseu)

October 31 to November 1, 2013 ‧ Teatro Municipal Maria Matos (Lisbon)

May 3, 2014 ‧ Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães)