International Solo Festival

Diário de um Louco

Cine-Teatro Garrett, Subpalco (Understage)

Synopsis

"Though this be madness, there is method here."
— “Hamlet”, William Shakespeare

A man, civil servant, nobleman, well-thinking, arrogant, extremely poor, proud member of the upper classes of mid-19th century Russian society, writes, by candlelight, his diary, translating into written word the haunts, frustrations, fears and loves that, in the clear light of day, he would never dare to enunciate.

In a tortuous, comic, and pathetic journey, this man, each paragraph closer to delirious and abandoned vertigo, bequeaths to paper (and to the public) the only treasure he possesses: his immense and nonconforming imagination. An indomitable will to be more than one is, to have more than one has, and to aspire, always, to that ultimate passion that we all, in one way or another, share: the desire to be understood. Crazy, yes, as Gogol describes it in the title. But also lyrical, sensitive, passionate, a tragicomic hero of a varnished and corrupt society, an impotent victim of his superiors, a hardened foreman of his inferiors, in short, a man of his time. But also of all times, and definitely of this time of ours. Replace the names of the streets, the cuts of the coats, and the titles of the officers, and this is a diary that fits us like a glove...

In a tortuous, comic, and pathetic journey, this man, each paragraph closer to delirious and abandoned vertigo, bequeaths to paper (and to the public) the only treasure he possesses: his immense and nonconforming imagination. An indomitable will to be more than one is, to have more than one has, and to aspire, always, to that ultimate passion that we all, in one way or another, share: the desire to be understood. Crazy, yes, as Gogol describes it in the title. But also lyrical, sensitive, passionate, a tragicomic hero of a varnished and corrupt society, an impotent victim of his superiors, a hardened foreman of his inferiors, in short, a man of his time. But also of all times, and definitely of this time of ours. Replace the names of the streets, the cuts of the coats, and the titles of the officers, and this is a diary that fits us like a glove...


Biography

Pedro Galiza was born in 1986 in Póvoa de Varzim. He is graduated in Theatre-Interpretation by ESMAE/IPP. He is a teacher of Dramatic Expression since 2005. He has worked with the theater companies Assédio and Ensemble. He has been directed by João Cardoso, Emília Silvestre, Rogério de Carvalho, Carlos Pimenta, Jordi Ribot Thunnissen, among others. He stages, in 2012, "Macbeth" for the company InMediaRes in Barcelona. From 2008 to 2015, he integrated the direction of A Filantrópica, where he was also a teacher of Pelintra - Grupo de Teatro and collaborated as producer and programmer of Philantra - Festival de Arte Independente. He co-founded Marácula in 2013, currently working as artistic director and actor. He integrates, since 2015, the production and programming team of FIS - Festival Internacional de Solos, and directs the Núcleo de Expressão Dramática Devisa of ESRP/Póvoa de Varzim.

Artistic and technical sheet

"Diary of a Madman" by Nicolai Gogol
Original idea, translation (from the English version by Claud Field), and interpretation Pedro Galiza
Staging Giselle Stanzione
Staging assistance Inês Simões Pereira
Scenic space, light design and costume Pedro Morim
Soundtrack Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Mily Balakirev e Modest Mussorgsky
Graphic design Adriana Leites
Motion design e fotografia Nuno Leites
Production Marácula – Associação Cultural

Duration ≈ 1h 05 minutes ● > 12

© Photo Nuno Leites

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