“Saudade” • Theather Review

How does theater survive in the midst of a pandemic? The Lock Inn was created to set the scene, promoting a way where the experience of online and physical presence happen at the same time. The production of the “Reboot Live” event is exactly like this: people watching live from their homes while an audience of 10 people respecting social distance also watched live directly from the International Bar in Dublin.

Reboot Live presents 18 new Irish plays, presented as 6 collections of triple bills, specially written for the event, over three weeks, involving 50 writers, directors and actors. Each piece features a cast of two socially distant performers telling a human story, some funny and some sad. Just like life is: storm and calm, not necessarily following an order.

“Saudade” is part of Collection 5, written by André Silveira and performance in Portuguese by Brazilian actor resident in Dublin Rodrigo Ternevoy and in English by Irish actor Barry John Kinsella.

As many know, the word “saudade” attracts Brazilians in a profound way, especially those who have crossed the ocean.

“I had to cross the ocean to be who I was supposed to be at home”

The play “Saudade” speaks of more subtle homesickness, but it also speaks of a profoundly common pain between the LGBT community and individuals who do not feel fit in their own homes, who feel the constant need to demand the respect they should have in any place.

“The plane was a big closet on wings, which I had to come out when I arrived in Ireland”

The feeling of longing is broadened by the consequences of the pandemic, where the freedom to come and go is restricted by something beyond the reach of these two protagonists in the story. The bedroom door becomes a wall of protection and solitude.

A touching, realistic piece, in everyday and exceptional spheres like today’s times.

More information about the piece Saudade and the other collections on the website: www.thelockinn.io.

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