“National Odyssey” by D. Maria II marks the end of the Autumn Theater Festival in Portimão

The program ends with “The Misanthrope”, by Hugo van der Ding and Martim Sousa Tavares

The “National Odyssey” project by Teatro Nacional D. Maria II will close the Autumn Theater Festival in Portimão, with activities for cultural agents and kindergartens in the municipality. 

On the 25th and 26th of November, the artistic collective PELE – Associação Social e Cultural will develop the project “Cartography of Desires”, a space and time for reflection marked by two moments, both taking place in the current facilities of Sporting Glória ou Morte Portimonense, located on Rua do Impasse to Rua do Poeta António Aleixo, on the 1st floor of the building where the old Av.ª 25 de Abril Market was located.

“Cartography of desires” proposes a symbolic exercise with the different groups in Portimão, with the first action, consisting of an activation laboratory, scheduled for November 25th, between 14:30 pm and 17:30 pm.

The laboratory is aimed at people of all ages, who will have access to a space for artistic creation and the exercise of citizenship, based on the collective act of wishing and hoping, with free and mandatory registrations being made via email: reservations [email protected].



The following day, from 15:00 pm to 17:30 pm, there will be a presentation and conversation based on the experiences developed in the laboratory on November 25th and in meetings with different groups in the community: Centro Comunitário do Pontal, Escola Secundária Poeta António Aleixo and Escola Básica do Pontal , with free entry.

PELE is a structure co-financed by the Portuguese Republic – Culture / General Directorate of Arts, with this production having artistic direction by Maria João Mota, Francisco Babo and Júlia Medina, scenography by Fernando Almeida and text by Júlia Medina.

The show “Falas estranhês?” is scheduled for the 29th and 30th of November, to be presented in the municipality's kindergartens, while the performance on the 2nd of December is aimed at families and will take place at Quinta Pedagógica de Portimão, the from 11am.

Created for children by Inês Fonseca Santos and Maria João Cruz, directed by Catarina Requeijo, the show “Falas estranhês?” It will make familiar words like “comboiétski” and “platorum”, among other almost unpronounceable words, as the aim is to prove to the little ones that there are no barriers to communication.



The performance at Quinta Pedagógica has free entry, upon registration before 17pm on 00th November, by calling 30 282 248 or emailing [email protected]. This show is part of the Boca Aberta project and the Frutos da Odisseia Nacional program, an initiative of the D. Maria II National Theater in partnership with the National Arts Plan.

Still within the scope of the National Odyssey, the final Autumn Theater show will also take place from 21pm on December 00nd, this time at TEMPO – Teatro Municipal de Portimão, whose main stage will host “The Misanthrope”, by Hugo van der Ding and Martim Sousa Tavares based on the classic by Molière, an exponent of world dramaturgy, written in 2.

Directed by Mónica Garnel, the play will be performed by Ana Guiomar, Inês Vaz, Joana Bernardo, João Vicente, José Neves, Manuel Coelho, Manuel Moreira and Mário Coelho.

Tickets cost 10 euros and can be purchased at BOL at the TEMPO box office.


D. Maria II's National Odyssey has been touring the country since last January, when the theater closed for renovation work.

The project, made up of hundreds of proposals, developed in partnership with 93 municipalities from all regions of mainland Portugal and islands, has covered places where there is already a strong creative dynamic, but is also a catalyst for activities in communities with less access to practices artistic, contributing to the development of cultural democracy.