This newspaper, Última Hora, plus its poor, besieged and terrified newsroom, live the fate of all newspapers: a serious crisis and the approach of the end. The freshest news, breaking news, the last minute will be the closing news…
The arrival of the Internet and the free sharing of content, the flight of advertising and the public to social platforms, political attacks and manipulation, corporate bad faith, the dismissal of the most capable reporters, the planetary published lies (also so-called fake news) created, so to speak, a reality more conducive to destruction.
It is in this timeless broth of nerves (24×24, at a fast pace) that the protagonists of this show will have to make absurd, counterproductive, ridiculous, regrettable and, why not?, touching decisions, in order to save their self-love, the essence their profession and try to bring bread to their children’s table.
What matters most in Última Hora – a comedy, it should be stressed – is humanity itself. The magnificent defects, virtues, heroisms, scoundrels, hidden games, secret loves, vices or altruisms make the universe of those who live to tell (and shape) the reality of the world. What final decision do you need to make? What lie, if necessary, in the name of survival? What theater happens every day?
text Rui Cardoso Martins
staging Gonçalo Amorim
original music Paulo Furtado aka The Legendary Tigerman
scenography and costumes Catarina Barros
light drawing Cárin Frost
sound design and sound design João Neves
video Eduardo Breda
staging assistance Eduardo Breda and Patrícia Gonçalves
scenography and costumes assistance Susana Paixão
with Carlos Malvarez, Catarina Couto Sousa, Cláudio Castro, Ema Marli, Inês Cóias, João Grosso, José Neves, Manuel Coelho, Maria Rueff, Miguel Guilherme, Nadezhda Bocharova and Paula Mora
D. Maria II National Theater production
artistic partnership Teatro Experimental do Porto (TEP)
Lusa Portuguese News Agency, Público
The author of the text, for the purpose of writing this project commissioned by the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, received a scholarship for literary creation in Berlin – Botschaft Scholarship for Literary Creation 2017 – sponsored by the Portuguese Embassy in Germany.
Maria Matos Theater Season – Co-production Production Force/D. Maria II National Theater