Espectáculos em cena para digressão 2012


on stage for tour
LUMEN - a love story

Lumen is a large-scale puppet theater production that involves the local population, as well as sports, recreational and musical institutions. From this union of efforts a show is born illuminating the night through a musical and movement narrative in which all who attend participate. The greatness of the characters with 5 meters of height wander around the built heritage told stories that are confused with the local ones. The largest original creation ever made by the company SAMarionetas - Teatro & Bonecos involving a team of dozens of people who help to build this work.

“Lumen - a love story. Great show, mix of puppets, light, original music, opera singers and videomaping, only possible for a company that has clearly reached a level of quality and professionalism above average, as is the case of SA Marionetas, who are dedicated to soul and heart to the puppet theater and the representation of Portugal in the world. ”

Maria José Machado Santos
Director of the Lisbon Puppet Museum - Portugal

“Simple, marvelous and inventive giant show! Light is coming inside the puppets. Light is the heart of these dancing giant puppets! ”

Dimitri Jageneau

Artistic Director of Théâtre Royal du Péruchet / Director of Les Journées Européennes de la Marionnette - Brussels - Belgium

“In the Lúmen show, the puppet is highlighted, taking the work that is done in this area, in Portugal, to a level of excellence.”

Jeaninne Trévidic

Artistic director of the FOME festival - Faro - Portugal

“A stunning and breathtaking spectacle that excels in the simplicity of the way in which a love story is told.”

Paulo Cintrão

Artistic director of the Imaginário festival - Sintra - Portugal



The S.A.Marionetas company presents its new production based on the text The journey of the book Contos Exemplares de Sophia de Mello Breyner. This is a journey that is being made through the characters of the story represented in puppets of direct manipulation that move in poetic wanderings through a place in constant mutation. The read word and the disconcerting movement of the imaginary world where all the action takes place is the motto for getting involved in the imagery of the poet through her words.

Text - Sophia de Mello Breyner

Staging - José Gil, Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Olivença Vinagre

Narration - Carla Vasconcelos

Music: Israel Costa Pereira

Photography: Joaquim Pesqueira

Production: S.A.Marionetas

Duration: 43 minutes / rating: over 3 years

Show of interior spaces with black box



Award - "Best Original Music" Guia dos Theaters - 2020

Consonance Dom Roberto Piano and Theater

it is a project that brings together two arts that have in common the domain of improvisation and the consonance for free movement in music and theater. In the year that the traditional Portuguese puppet traveling theater is about to enter the list of intangible heritage of Portugal. José Gil puppeteer of the SAMarionetas company and performer of this theater with origins in the 18th century. Join the pianist Daniel Bernardes for an adventure of sounds, movements and emotions. Creating a sometimes abstract reality in a traditional theatrical parallel with sounds of modernity. Two performers of their knowledge in an unlikely game between a piano and the Dom Roberto theater.

Staging - José Gil and Daniel Bernardes

Original music - Daniel Bernardes

Puppeteer - José Gil

Pianist - Daniel Bernardes

Search - Sofia Vinagre and José Gil

Production - S.A.Marionetas

Duration - 60 minutes


Prize - "Gulliver Junior" 27th Festivalul International de Animatie Gulliver - Galati - Romania - 2019

Award - "Best Director" - Word Puppet Festival EXPO 2017 Astana - Kazakhstan - 2017

Award - "Best Animation" - Animart Festival - Lodz - Poland - 2016

Prize - " Artistic Innovation Award " - 5th Golden Magnolia Shanghai International Puppet Festival - China - 2016

Trophy - "Puppet for Peace" - Harmony World Puppet Festival - Kanchanaburi - Thailand - 2017

Nomination - "Best Manipulation" - Word Puppet Festival EXPO 2017 Astana - Kazakhstan - 2017


Short stories of a place where its inhabitants live the most varied adventures. The innocence of the actions results in hilarious moments of humor experienced by the characters sculpted in sponge. Sounds and movements replace words, puppets captivate us with their simplicity, transporting us to a magical and captivating place and etc., etc., etc ... meanwhile the little cat did something he shouldn't, and etc., etc. ...


“An innovative, wordless show that conveys a stimulating and fun message. Simple movements with a magic and a life of their own ”

Elisa Vilaça - Curator of the Macao Puppet Museum


"Your show ETC. It was one of the best performances in this year program and it proved that simple can be perfect."

Selcuk Dincer - Festival Director "Izmir International Puppet Days" Turkey


Original and Staging: José Gil, Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Vinagre


Production: S.A.Marionetas –Teatro & Bonecos


Duration: 45 minutes / classification: over 4 years

The Shoemaker's Hoax

“Gil Vicente debuts his new comedy at the wedding parties of D. Isabel with Carlos V. On days of debuting his new work, he goes into despair because the shoes for the actors that would be made by the royal shoemaker are missing. As he doesn't appear Gil Vicente decides to go to his house to see what is going on.

In Torres Novas, after being called by the king to deliver new shoes to use in the courts, he stayed at home trying to finish the shoes ordered by Gil Vicente, but he was always being interrupted by the tax collector, afraid that the money would not arrive. for the queen's dowry, she always asked for more money. ”

Original Text and Staging: Natacha Costa Pereira, Sofia Vinagre and José Gil

Production: S.A.Marionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 30 minutes / classification: over 4 years old / itinerant street or indoor show


Theatrum Puparum

Inês de Castro
Aljubarrota Bread


The “Theatrum Puparum” (puppet theater) has 20 male puppets that work in a medieval environment. Dolls made of stick and clay manipulated by two beautiful maidens, the bonifrates illuminated by oil lamps tell the Stories of “D. Inês de Castro ”and / or“ A Padeira de Aljubarrota ”


Original text and Director: José Gil, Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Vinegar

Production: S.A.Marionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 30 minutes (each story) / classification: over 4 years / show for indoor and outdoor spaces





- "Preservation of traditions of ancient street theater" 1st Kyiv international festival of puppet theater - Ukraine - 2017

- "Best Traditional Show" Harmony World Puppet Carnival - Bangkok - Thailand 2014

- "Best Traditional Street show" Wayang World Puppet Carnival - Jakarta - Indonesia - 2013

- "Preservation and continuity of the European puppet theater" (14th world festival of puppet art in Prague) - 2010

Dom Roberto Theater

traditional Portuguese puppet theater

traditional repertoire titles

- The Barber 

- The Bullfight

- Castle Ghosts

- Rose and the three boyfriends
- Saloio de Alcobaça

The Robertos Theater certainly represents one of the oldest traditions of the performing arts, not only in its Portuguese and European aspects, but also in the popular heroes of the East. In fact, the origin of this popular art form of representation goes back, in the European tradition to the 16th century Italian Commedia dell 'Arte and it does not seem unlikely that the Eastern traditions have had any influence on the evolution of this traditional type of representation. .

SAMarionetas, having had the privilege of direct contact with Mestre António Dias, one of the last popular Portuguese puppeteers, recreated, based on his testimony, two pieces - “O Barbeiro” and “A Tourada”. More recently, and looking to preserve this traditional art form, the company has recovered three more pieces from the Robertos Theater repertoire - “A Rosa e os 3 Namorados” and “O Castelo dos Fantasmas” and Saloio de Alcobaça ".

The intention is thus not to let Robertos' theater disappear as a Portuguese cultural heritage.

Puppeteer: José Gil



Portucale tells of the foundation of Portugal with the marriage of Count D. Henrique to D. Teresa, his death, the disagreements of D. Teresa with his son Afonso Henriques, his acclaim among the soldiers as King of Portucale and finally the desired recognition of the Pope.

Original Text and Staging:, José Gil, Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Vinagre

Production: S.A.Marionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

classification: over 3 years old / show for outdoor or indoor spaces


Seeing ships in the reign of D. João VI and Carlota Joaquina

1807, November. Almost at the gates of Lisbon, Napoleon's troops threaten to capitulate the King,

as has happened throughout Europe and even with neighboring Spain
with whom he had previously formed a coalition.
At the D. João VI office, he meets with his advisers. You have to decide whether to enter the Continental Blockade decreed by Napoleon against the British, or to set out on a journey never taken by a European monarch with the support of the "always present and old allies".
In Lisbon, capital of the kingdom, it runs wildly. Finally, the long-thought-out and long-delayed decision was made. The court will set out on an unprecedented trip. The Queen, the Prince Regent, the Princess his wife, the princes and princesses, ministers, advisers, treasurers, secretaries, almslers, mayors, clerks, servants, silverware, books, gold, pictures, porcelain are transferred to the other ocean side.

Original Text and Staging: Sofia Vinagre, Natacha Costa Pereira, José Gil and Rui Sousa

Co-Production: Cine-teatro de Alcobaça and SAMarionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 50 minutes / classification: over 6 years old / indoor show

Show integrated in the celebrations of 200 years Portugal / Brazil


Res publica caricature at the service of public sorrow

In this production, the concern remains to report historical events, both politically and socially, using string puppets for this purpose.
The construction of the puppets is inspired by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro's caricatural work, thus creating characters that are vivid caricatures that represent the actors of the events that culminated in the 1910 revolution.
Bordalo Pinheiro and his most famous character Zé Povinho meet in animated conversation to tell each other the events that led to the implantation of the Republic. Bordalo passed away before everything happened, but Zé will tell you how it happened. Contemporary artists of the time also watched, and appear to give a stroke or a touch of poetry to events.
A country in chaos, an extinguished king, a revolted people, and a cartoon at the service of public sadness.

Original Text and Staging: Natacha Costa Pereira, José Gil, Sofia Vinagre

Co-Production: SAMarionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 50 minutes / classification: over 6 years old / indoor show

(Proposed show for the national celebrations of the centenary of the Republic)

The mystery of missing books

In the Kingdom where Joãozinho lived, the queen was grumpy, the king was bossy,
the castle guard was relentless ...
Everything was going well, until one day, "vjerrum",
all the books and letters of the kingdom disappeared.
A mystery that he and his friends will try to solve,
following the only clue the mysterious thief left behind ...


Original Text and Staging: José Gil

Production: S.A.Marionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 30 minutes / classification: over 4 years

Na Tal Estrela
an almost scientific fiction

On Christmas Eve Rita, after receiving the gifts, does not let her brothers play with her new toys and so she goes to the bedroom to punish herself to sleep.

That night he dreams that he reaches a star that he watches from his window every day and discovers that the inhabitants there are smaller than her, fluffy and full of fur.

Rita is amazed and promptly wants to play with those new friends! However, they do not let him explain that in that star no one can play unless alone and that it is expressly forbidden to help others.

Rita is very sad to realize that playing alone is not as fun as sharing the games with others and swears to herself never to be selfish with her brothers or anyone again.

Little by little Rita convinces those beings to live in a much more joyful way in a spirit of mutual help through a series of adventures and adventures.


Original Text and Staging: Sofia Vinagre, Natacha Costa Pereira and José Gil

Production: S.A.Marionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 30 minutes rating: over 4 years


show for indoor spaces with black box

The cousins

The street is home to these 3 artist cousins who in different areas will liven up passers-by with their humor and art. The photographer who is extremely demanding in framing and focusing, helps clients to look good in photographs. The Painter makes portraits with a mastery of making the most famous painters in the world color. Mimo manages to imitate passersby and even to convince that there are invisible objects near him. All this in exchange for a change. For despite their artistic qualities being displayed on the street, they are internationally renowned artists. This family will certainly not go unnoticed by its contagious art and humor.


Original and Staging: José Gil, Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Vinagre

Production: SAMarionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

 Traveling street animation

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