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Peço a Palavra

© Filipe Ferreira


In “Peço a Palavra” (I Request the Floor), a parliament is staged, a universal assembly, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is debated. In a not-too-distant future, 2030, teenagers from all over the world are going to the streets to demand that this Declaration – the only document common to all nations – be truly applied.

In this parliament, which will be filmed and projected in real time, politics is called to get closer to young people and forced to rethink itself: if we were all teenagers once, what happens to that strength and will to change when we occupy positions of power?

Based on Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, the MPs debate, between caricatures and epiphanies, the right to “be whoever we want to be” and the duty to respect ourselves and our specificities, with a focus on gender and identity matters.

With humor, the aim is to instigate and deepen our notion of the Other, in this great assembly that is, after all, the theater.

Artistic and Technical Information


Creation, text: Teresa Coutinho
Performers: Alice Azevedo, Ana Valentim, Catarina Rôlo Salgueiro, Lúcia Pires, Mariana Guarda, Rafael Gomes, Roberto Terra
Camera, video directing: Lúcia Pires e Mariana Guarda
Light design: Pedro Nabais
Video operation: Inês Paour
Sound design: Lúcia Pires
Costume design: As Anónimas
Choreography: Teresa Coutinho
Movement support: David Marques
Executive production, technical direction: Mariana Guarda
Communication coordination: Maria João Bilro
Administrative management: Janine Lages
Finantial management: Vítor Alves Brotas
Production: agência 25
Co-production: LU.CA – Teatro Luís de Camões
Support: República Portuguesa – Cultura | DGARTES – Direção-Geral das Artes, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Casa-Atelier – Fundação Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva
Residencies: Largo Residências, CAL – Primeiros Sintomas, O Rumo do Fumo
Promotional photography: Bruno Simão
Stage photography: Filipe Ferreira
Acknowledgements: AUEEEU, Clara Mântua, Cleo Diára, Filipe Silva, Francisca Caeiro, Leonardo Garibaldi, LoboMau Produções, Mariana Reis, Miguel Cravo, Nuno Pinheiro, Rita Cruz, Rui Westerman, Sérgio Coragem, TBA – Teatro do Bairro Alto

  • © Filipe Ferreira
  • © Filipe Ferreira
  • © Filipe Ferreira
  • © Filipe Ferreira
  • © Filipe Ferreira