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Three fingers below the knee: Mundo Perfeito

Oct 2 - Oct 5: Project Arts Centre (Cube)

“…an extraordinary moment for reflection on the present dangers to freedom of thought.” Jornal Público

Three Fingers Below the Knee

Can words be dangerous?

Prompted by this question, Tiago Rodrigues delved into the archives of the censorship commission set up in Portugal during Salazar’s dictatorship. Of the thousands of plays ripped apart in censorship reports – both classical and new works – it is not what was left that interested Rodrigues, but rather what was cut and why…

Three fingers below the knee exposes the oppression of artistic and political freedom felt in Portugal during the 48-year dictatorship that governed the country.Drawing directly from censorship reports for his play text, Rodrigues interrogates and subverts the hidden histories of his country, transforming censors into playwrights and probing what was left unsaid. Moving seamlessly between poetry, narration and documentary, this is a penetrating work from one of the most influential young artists in Portuguese theatre.

Performed in Portuguese with English surtitles.

Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Alkantara Festival, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Stage-Helsinki Theatre Festival, Rotterdamse Schouwburg. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Talking Theatre: Oct 3, post-show. With Tiago Rodrigues and members of the company.

Duration: Approx. 75 mins. No interval.

Written and directed by:

  • Tiago Rodrigues


  • Isabel Abreu
  • Gonçalo Waddington

Research and Dramaturg:

  • Joana Frazão

Lighting and Technical Direction:

  • André Calado

Costumes and Set:

  • Magda Bizarro and Tiago Rodrigues

Translation to English:

  • Kevin Rose

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