For five months we had the opportunity to work with a group of children from Castelo Branco region. 

With them we met the “whys” that one day we too have asked; flying dogs, cats singing, unknown countries, two dimensions images that together create a world where what is essential is invisible. Castelo Branco.


Once upon a time there was a country. Period. Paragraph.

This country was shaped like a rectangle and also has the shape of the letter “I” or a shoebox. This country had four main cardinal points: north, south, east and west and people walked forward and backward, left and right. Like the cars, buses, bikes, bicycles, trains. Sometimes people walked in circles and sometimes remain still in the same place.

In this country there were people, as in all countries, and people had different sizes and shapes, as in all countries. There were short people, tall people, people so-so, fat people, skinny people and so-so. People with long hair, people with short hair, smooth, curly and so-so; and there were even people without hair, who called themselves bald. Beautiful people, ugly people, according to each one´s taste, of course.

In this country people talked too, as in all countries, a major language, but also other languages where heard, and sometimes they were silent. And the silence of this country was equal to the silence of other countries.


Conceived and Devised by Ana Gil & Nuno Leão

Dramaturgy and Text: Nuno Leão

Children: Ana Cotrim, Ana Paula, Beatriz Gonçalves, Bruna Salgueiro, Edgar dos Santos, Eduarda Guerreiro, Eduarda Silva, Francisco Martins, Henrique Esteves, Inês Garcia, Joana Cotrim, Maria Inês Barreto, Maria Malta, Maria Rita Moura

Lightning and Sound Design: Nuno Leão

Cenography: Ana Gil

Photography: Tiago Moura

Communication Design: Cátia Santos

Produced by Terceira Pessoa – Associação

Support: Câmara Municipal de Castelo Branco


July 18, 2014 Castelo Branco — Cine-Teatro Avenida
January 23, 2015 Castelo Branco — Cine-Teatro Avenida
May 2, 2015 Santarém — Teatro Sá da Bandeira

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