Commenting on the big issues of this small city, having the audience in stitches
A travel agent hoping to make a success on his commercial project, a criminal suspect looking for a way out of Macao, a cabaret artist yearning for a new life, a couple wanting a fresh start – they are among the people from all walks of life on board a luxurious cruise ship from Macao to Hainan, enjoying their vacation on its first sail in the post-pandemic era. What will they encounter?
Patuá theatre, performed by the Macanese community, is a unique type of performance art and was inscribed on the National List of Representative Elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2021. Macanese Patuá is a creole based on ancient Portuguese that mixes Malay, Spanish, Canarese, English and Cantonese. It fully reflects the characteristics of Macao as a city where East meets West, and where different cultures coexist.
Playwright and Director: Miguel de Senna Fernandes
Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval
Performed in Patuá, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English