Agenda Municipal / Theatre The Ruffian on the Stair

Fri 24 Mar
Casa das Artes programme (Poética da Palavra)

Grand Auditorium | 21h30

Admission: 4 euros. Students, Cultural Quadrilateral Card and Seniors (65 years and over): 2 euros | Rating: M/12 | Duration: 70 min

The play The Ruffian on the Stair is based on Joe Orton and Kennegth Halliwell's unfinished novel "The Boy Hairdresser" and was first performed in 1964 on BBC radio. Orton later writes a new version and in 1967, it premieres at the Royal Court Theatre. Mike, a former boxer, a thug who makes difficult collections and Joyce, a former prostitute and now a housewife, live in a flat. A kitchen, a living room with a bed, an aquarium with a fish, a table, cups of tea - a realistic setting that is turned into satire, with a sordid, ironic, grotesque plot, in a combination of humour and horror. Wilson, a stranger, a bully, shows up at Mike and Joyce's flat intent on revenge for the death of his brother, and lover, brutally murdered by Mike. Joe Orton uses the image of an ordered reality to transfigure it, abolishing and satirizing cultural, social and religious stereotypes, dealing with themes such as homosexuality, love and death.

List of credits
Text: Joe Orton
Staging: Miguel Loureiro
Cast: Anabela Faustino, Ivo Alexandre and João Reixa
Translation: Joaquim Pena and Tiago da Câmara Pereira
Light design: Rui Monteiro
Stage design: André Guedes
Costume: Ana Simão
Coproduction: DOIS, Casa das Artes de Famalicão, Companhia de Teatro de Almada, Teatro Aveirense, Theatro Circo and São Luiz Teatro Municipal
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