Could Be Worse: The Musical

Cão Solteiro & André Godinho

O Cão Solteiro has collaborated with filmmaker André Godinho since 2007, pursuing a research on the intersection of cinema and theatre. In Film and Theatre Sontag asks, “is there anything truly cinematic?”, in this case, the question is, is there anything truly theatrical? The plays produced as part of this collaboration explore various assumptions on cinema and theatre such as the relationship between images and narrative (3, 2007/ using the filmed images of the previous show), (We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes, 2010/ from the Hitchcock universe), exposing the construction mechanisms, challenging the viewer’s place (Play, The Film, 2011/ dubbing of a movie on stage), (Day For Night, 2014 shooting a Short film, Fim da Fita , presented later), the continuity of place, sequence and editing (We’re Gonna Be Alright 2017/ on the special effects used in blockbusters). In Could Be Worse: The Musical, they tackle one of the most beloved genres of classic American cinema: the musical.

Teatro Nacional São João | Oporto 201
Casa da Cultura de Ílhavo | Ílhavo 2020
São Luiz Teatro Municipal | Lisbon 2020

script Cão Solteiro & André Godinho
original score PZ
additional original score
Rodrigo Vaiapraia, Rui Antunes, Violeta Azevedo
text
José Maria Vieira Mendes
costume design
Mariana Sá Nogueira
set design
Vasco Araújo
sound design João Moreira
choreography Sónia Baptista, Gonçalo Egipto
lighting design Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
musical support Rui Baeta
costume design support Inês Ariana
sewing Mestra Teresa Louro and Rosário Balbi
set design construction Heróis ao Rubro
production and photography Joana Dilão

actors André Godinho, Cecília Henriques, Gonçalo Egito, João Duarte Costa, Mariana Magalhães, Patrícia da Silva, Paula Sá Nogueira, Rodrigo Vaiapraia, Sónia Baptista and Tiago Jácome

text (programme) Maria Sequeira Mendes, Nuno Fonseca, Pedro Faro

artistic residency O Espaço do Tempo – Montemor-o-Novo

support Alfaparf | Escola Secundária Passos Manuel | Estrutura | Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian | Junta de Freguesia da Misericórdia | Lisboa Clube Rio de Janeiro | Polo Cultural Gaivotas Boavista | Teatro Praga | Catari

institutional partners República Portuguesa – Cultura | Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores | Câmara Municipal de Lisboa

a co-production Teatro Nacional São João | São Luiz Teatro Municipal | Cão Solteiro