Macao's Got Talent
Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group
Who says Macao lacks talent? It is just waiting to be discovered!
Playwright and Director: Miguel de Senna Fernandes
Macanese Patuá is a vanishing creole language that was spoken at home and in informal situations by Macao’s Macanese community, with a vocabulary drawing on Portuguese, as well as Malay, Singhalese, English, Spanish and, from the 19th century onwards, Cantonese.
Theatre in Patuá was inscribed on the List of Macao S.A.R. Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012, and the dialect has been identified as a critically endangered language by UNESCO.
Macao’s Patuá-language drama group, Dóci Papiaçám, aims to preserve this unique dialect through original and humorous plays performed in Patuá by local actors. The scripts are based on current events and local customs, portraying scenarios that not only prompt laughter but also provide food for thought. The group’s plays have become one of the most anticipated regular features in the annual Macao Arts Festival. This year’s play, Macao’s Got Talent, features the following story line: “Macao is a land of talented people, but where are the talents and who decides about their geniality? The plot unfolds in today’s Macao, a city in which the production of talents is a priority, in order to contribute to the intellectual and technical development of our city.
Performed in Patuá, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English
Duration: approximately 2 hours, including one interval