What happens when you place the center stage a figure habitually hidden away in a corner of the stage? This is Sopro, the tale of Cristina Vidal, one of the last professional prompters still working in Portugal. Her life as a prompter for over 40 years is interwoven with plays on the stages she has served, her role as the prompter in a new production, and the adventures in love and theatre of her former director Chekhov and Molière converse through Cristina’s life story in this remarkable homage to a particular understanding of theatre – theatre as a key part of European cultural heritage, a way of thinking through who we are and how we understand our past, theatre as a way of understanding what it means to be human. Sopro is a remarkable piece of political theatre – timely, urgent, and important, and urgent. And it offers us a way of thinking through the theatre’s way of thinking about itself and the world.
Co-production ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Bastille, La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Festival Terres de Paroles Seine-Maritime – Normandie, Théâtre Garonne scène européenne, Teatro Viriato.
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