‘The Greenwich Playhouse is an enjoyable ambitious venue
that is a solid producer of classics’
Largely unknown to UK audiences, Sttau Monteiro (1926-1993) is one of Portugal’s greatest 20th Century playwrights who believed, ‘the only sacred thing was to be as free as the wind’. He lived the majority of his life under the oppression of an iron-fist fascist dictatorship where persecution, disappearances, torture, death and war were a reality of daily life, being subjected himself to imprisonment in one of the country’s notorious concentration camps for his literary works. At the age of ten, he experienced his first contact with England, accompanying his father, who was, at the time, the Portuguese ambassador in England. Later, he returned to Portugal in 1943, after his father’s removal from his position by Antonio Oliveira Salazar, for openly sympathising with Britain during WWII. Sttau’s six-year stay in London was to make a profound influence upon his thinking, life and work.
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with productions of epic quality’
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THANKFULLY THERE IS MOONLIGHT! was written in 1961 and is regarded as Sttau’s finest theatrical achievement. It was considered so controversial that it did not receive its Portuguese premiere until 1978; four years after democracy had been established. It is estimated that nearly 16,000 people enthusiastically rushed to see the first national production of this extremely powerful and provocative play.
The play is set in 1817 and dramatises the true events which led to the execution of General Gomes Freire de Andrade. For Sttau, the repressive climate of early 19th Century Portugal together with the precarious living conditions of the poor, who constituted 98% of the population but possessed only 2% of land, provided the perfect allegory for the denouncement and living conditions brought about by 1960s Portuguese Fascism.
THANKFULLY THERE IS MOONLIGHT! is an epic tale of courage and love against insurmountable odds and provides fascinating parallels to our current social and political climate.
‘Something must be said for Greenwich Playhouse, it is remarkably refreshing to come across a theatre of such a high standard – on that exudes class’
Galleon Theatre Company has been responsible for staging critically acclaimed theatre since 1995 with recent productions including, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, The Heiress of the Cane Fields by Julio Dinis, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, and The Crime of the Old Village by Bernardo Santareno.
This World Premiere translation of THANKFULLY THERE IS MOONLIGHT! is directed by renowned director/actor Bruce Jamieson who has previously directed over 20 Galleon productions, his film and television credits include: Roughnecks (BBC); In Suspicious Circumstances (Granada); Crime Solver (BBC); Ali G-Inda House (Universal); Monarch of the Glen (Ecosse); Spongebob (BBC); Murphy’s Law (Tiger Aspect); and will this spring commence filming The Oxford Murders.
Award-winning producer Alice de Sousa has successfully staged 70 plays; performed leading roles in over 30 theatre productions; written many highly acclaimed plays; and in 2005 was awarded ‘Great Women of the 21st Century’ and ‘Woman of the Year Award 2005’ by the American Biographical Institute. More recently, she has been nominated for the illustrious ‘Prémio de Talento 2006’ award of the Portuguese Government’s ‘Gabinete de Estado das Communidades Portuguesas’.