Leirena represents the inside of a plastic bubble to avoid contamination – Region of Leiria

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A large plastic bubble in which the actors represent is the solution found by Leirena Teatro, of Leiria, to maintain activity and reduce the risk of contagion with the audience and the cast of covid-19.

Teatro da Bolha is the title of the new project which started in December and which, over the last two weeks, has brought the play “O globo de Sophia” to schools and kindergartens in the municipality of Leiria, created from the adaptation of Sophia’s short story by Mello Breyner, “Christmas Night”.

The idea came to director Frédéric da Cruz Pires when schools began to reject the traditional Christmas play that the company had planned for this time of year.

“When we started to present the files for the show that we prepared – which was another – no school wanted to take any risk, because of the pandemic”, he reminds the Lusa agency.

Then, the director remembered: “Why not do a theater performance inside an inflatable globe, as if it were a snow globe”, guaranteeing a transparent barrier between actors and spectators, “with all the safety rules”.

The stage set came from China and, when assembled for the first time in the rehearsal room, was a surprise for the possibilities of light, shadow and movement.

“I quickly realized that this was not a scenario for a single show, but a scenic structure for several shows throughout 2021”, explains Frédéric da Cruz Pires.

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Thus, Leirena is already working to make the Teatro da Bolha sustainable and to present there, next year, “an intervention and more emotional show”, intended for a more adult audience.

“We’re going to explore this scenic object in a number of ways, saving each one and exploring its potential, which is amazing,” says the director.

According to the manager, for Leiria’s company, the idea of ​​making theater inside a plastic bubble is original.

“For the sake of ethics and professionalism, we searched Portugal, Brazil, Spain and France and found several fantastic ideas for a theatrical adaptation to the pandemic, but nothing that uses a similar scenic object. It may exist, but we haven’t found it, ”he says.

Until the end of December, the Teatro da Bolha will present “O globo de Sophia” in a dozen schools, involving two professional actors and five trainees of the theater course of the Colégio São Teotónio.

On the 26th and 27th, he will make his first public appearance, at the Teatro Miguel Franco, in Leiria.

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