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The Girl of the Sea

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Edward Luiz Ayres d’Abreu, Ricardo Neves-Neves and Martim Sousa Tavares
4 - 12 may
Ilustração Rafaela Mapril da Menina do Mar


Families May 3: 7:00 pm
May 4: 4:30 pm
May 5: 11:30 am and 4:30 pm
May 11: 4:30 pm
May 12: 11:30 am
Schools May 8: 10:30 am
May 9: 10:30 am
May 10: 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Laidback session May 12: 11:30 am
Talk with the artists, after the performance May 4 and 11: 4:30 pm
Age range +6
Running time 60min
Tickets €3 children under 18
€7 children over 18
€1 schools TEIP
Discounts available

One of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's most beloved and read books becomes a musical tale in the voices, bodies, and gesture of five actors, ten musicians, and a teacher.

In a fantastic underwater universe, is tells of a a girl who lives down in the sea – but very curious about life on land –, of a boy who lives on land – but very curious about life at sea -, and the unlikely meeting of these two worlds … The encounter will lead us to surprising episodes of wonder, where we’ll find a friendly fish who plays the clarinet, a suspicious saxophone-playing crab, a mysterious and rather clumsy bassoon-playing octopus, among other characters, all under the watchful rule of the double bass, the intimidating King of the Sea. From the uneasiness and mistrust of the first contacts to the party in which they all dance merrily, the big question lingers: how can we live in harmony with the ocean, nature, and the life around us?


“- I’m really curious about life on land – said the girl-; tomorrow when you come back bring me something from the land.
And they made it a deal.
The next day, first thing in the morning, the boy went to his garden and he picked the best smelling red rose. He headed to the beach, looking for the exact place he had been the day before.
– Good morning, Good morning, Good morning – said the girl, the octopus, the crab and the fish.
– Good morning – said the boy. And he kneeled on the water facing the Girl from the Sea.
– I bring you a flower, from the land – he said-; it is called a rose.
– It’s beautiful, so beautiful – said the Girl from the Sea, clapping, hopping and running merrily around the rose.
– Here, smell it, and you’ll see how good it smells.”


A Menina do Mar, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (our translation)


Illustration: Rafael Mapril

Cast and Creative

Text Sophia de Mello Breyner Andersen
Original score Edward Luiz Ayres D’Abreu
Direction Ricardo Neves-Neves
Scenography Henrique Ralheta
Set construction Alexandre Bbobone, Thomas Kharel
Wardrobe Rafaela Mapril
Costume design Carla Geraldes, Lígia Garrido, Mónica Feliz
Light design Luís Duarte
Animation video Temper Reactive Agency
Assistant director Raquel Mendes, Diana Vaz
Cast Ana Valentim, Catarina Rôlo Salgueiro, Nuno Nolasco, Rafael Gomes, Teresa Coutinho
Musical direction Martim Sousa Tavares
Production MPMP Duarte Pereira Martins
Production and communication Mafalda Simões
Production MPMP and Teatro do Eléctrico
Co-production LU.CA, Lagos City Council, Ovar Municipal Theater, Oporto Municipal Theater and Galeria da Biodiversidade