Off-Stage Shows

Here is some information about the company's productions, which for "some reason" we have stopped presenting, at least for now. These are shows that are currently resting, resting ...

Down this river (2014)

SAMarionetas intends with this creation to pay homage to two masterpieces of Portuguese culture - The Pilgrimage of Fernão Mendes Pinto and the album For this river above Fausto Bordalo Dias - through the puppet theater, following the ideological line of creation of Fausto himself , converging tradition with modernity. We intend to build a visual material around the hearing of this disc, crossing different techniques and performative languages. Hear, See and Feel is the proposal.

Artistic Direction and Staging: José Gil, Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Olivença Vinagre

Original music: Fausto Bordalo Dias

Handling: Sofia Olivença Vinagre, Natacha Costa Pereira and José Gil

Puppets: Sofia Olivença Vinagre, José Gil and Natacha Costa Pereira

Glass Puppets: Joana Silva and Jérémy Carvalho / Cencal

Scenography: Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Olivença Vinagre

Digital Manipulation and Drawing in real time: Natacha Costa Pereira

Costumes: Sofia Olivença Vinagre

Scenic Structures: José Gil

Over 12 years old

Support: Government of Portugal / Secretary of State for Culture / DGArtes, Alcobaça City Council, CENCAL, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UNIMA-Portugal, ESDICA.

The Unlucky King (2014)

A boy becomes king at the age of thirteen! Poor thing… weak, weak and without leadership power, he marries his cousin without saying anything to the Pope! Brother Afonso, on the other hand, was fearless and strong and by all means will try to take the throne from his brother. In this process he gets the support of the Church, the nobles and even the people. Poor boy! that despite everything there is managing to reign with the support of his wife. But Afonso, eager for power, will achieve his goals by taking his brother into exile in Toledo!

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

Production: SAMarionetas –Teatro & Bonecos
Duration: 20 minutes rating: all ages


itinerant show for outdoor or indoor spaces

O Gordo Afonso (2013)

Afonso II, D. Teresa, D. Sancha and D. Mafalda prepare to listen to the testament of their father D. Sancho I. But, behold, it brings surprises and discord! The sisters don't pay, the brother gets angry and tries to put order in the kingdom! But… clergy and nobles also don't like the new provisions !! Even so, D. Afonso reigned and left the first document written in Portuguese!

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

Production: SAMarionetas –Teatro & Bonecos

Duration: 20 minutes rating: all ages


itinerant show for outdoor or indoor spaces

FRIEND (2011)


The company SAMarionetas - Teatro & Bonecos presents its most recent production “AMIGO”, an original by José Gil and Camila Moreira. After SAMarionetas co-produced in 2007 with CêDêCê - contemporary dance company the show The Pandora's Box, now brings contemporary dance and puppetry together in a naked space where one of the most beautiful values ​​found can have between two beings - friendship. “FRIEND” is the fulfillment of an old desire between the two protagonists (José Gil and Camila Moreira) where it is intended to merge these two forms of art in a way never seen before, thus leading to a narrative approach, where words are replaced through music and movement.

“FRIEND” may be the most beautiful, but at the same time the most risky show we have ever done, as we are working with a 15-string puppet live on a stage with a ballerina where anything can happen, as in the circus that the public you will see if the artist “falls” here is more if the artists “curl up” JG / CM.

Original José Gil and Camila Moreira / Ballerina Camila Moreira / Puppeteer José Gil / Choreography / Camila Moreira Puppet Construction José Gil / Puppet Costume Maria Luisa Valbom Gil / Ballet Costume Maria Luisa Valbom Gil / Scenic Structures José Gil / Music Audible Architecture e Daniel Bernardes / Photography Sofia Vinagre / Support Dance Academy of Alcobaça / Production SAMarionetas - Teatro & Bonecos


GENESIS (2009)

Self of Creation + Doomsday Altarpiece

This troupe of puppeteers promised their benefactor Dom Pero Paes Pereira, a good and faithful man, to tell the stories he most liked using his tombstone. This good man did not want to use this beautiful work of art in limestone for his final rest, thus leaving it in testament to this itinerant troupe of puppeteers who recreated the “Auto da Criação” and the “Final Judgment” altarpiece according to his desire. The "functions" depict an allegory of the creation of the world with Adam, Eve, the forbidden and clear fruit to the Serpent, as well as the doomsday altarpiece where sinners will go to Hell and good men will go to Heaven. But that judgment will be done by all those who attend these functions.

Original by José Gil, Sofia Vinagre, Natacha Costa Pereira and Rui Sousa / Staging: Rui Sousa, José Gil, Sofia Vinagre, Natacha Costa Pereira / Puppet Construction: Rui Sousa, José Gil / Puppeteers: Sofia Vinagre, Natacha Costa Pereira, José Gil, Rui Sousa / Research: Sofia Vinagre / Dressmaker: Maria Luísa Gil / Original Music: Rui Sousa Sculptures: Natacha Costa Pereira and Sofia Vinagre

Scenic Structures: José Gil and Rui Sousa / Photography: Sofia Vinagre / João Costa / Production: SAMarionetas - Teatro & Bonecos

T UB IC (2005)


"Tubic is a lively conversation without words between the puppeteers and the virtuoso tuba player, Sérgio Carolino. The simple sponge figures show a series of sketches, which are, as a whole and individually, captivating and charming.

Puppets are delicious and we promise you have never heard a tuba played in this way before. Whether you are a music lover, or puppets, or both, this show will definitely leave you smiling. "

Clive Chandler (Festival director Dynamics-International Puppet Festival-Birmingham-England

Original idea and Staging: José Gil and Sérgio Carolino

Production: SAMarionetas –Teatro & Bonecos


Speechless show

Duration: 45 minutes / classification: over 4 years / show for a room with black box

The Fault was by Inês (2005)

Companhia SAMarionetas - Teatro & Bonecos presents, for the first time in puppet theater, the tragic life of D. Inês de Castro and D. Pedro I. The show encompasses the time period beginning with the birth of D. Pedro I, portraying the universal romantic tragedy, in a perspective that seeks to balance the legendary aspect with history, but also to recreate and reinvent the myth by correlating it with its more or less contemporary interpretations. The cast has fifty puppets.

"Kingdom of Portugal. The year of Grace is in 1320 and in the recent nation there is still a struggle with the Moors, there to the south, in the Algarve, sometimes with the neighbors of Castile, there to the east, and, against the plague everywhere ... The King , the brave D. Afonso IV, has the best news of the year this spring: the young D. Pedro was born in Coimbra and everything led him to believe that this time Providência smiled at him ... the future looked bright. Now, for the kingdom to thrive like its son, it was enough to try to find him a wife. But there would certainly be no problems… ”

Show integrated in the National Celebrations of the Inesian Year.

Original: Sofia Vinagre, José Gil, Jaime Leão / Staging: José Gil Manipulation: José Gil, Jaime Leão, Sofia Vinagre / Puppets: José Gil / Scenography: Alexandre Pring / Costumes and Props: Sofia Vinagre / Maria Luísa Gil / Search: Sofia Vinagre and Jaime Leão / Original Music: Pedro Marques / João Frazão / Photography: Joaquim Pesqueira / Co-Production: Friends of D. Pedro and D. Inês and SAMarionetas - Teatro & Bonecos

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