Third day of the tour: Quionga

It seems easy to be supportive... #1

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How do they laugh in Africa? #2

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Simone, do you want to go to Mozambique? #3

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I am going to Mozambique! But to do what? #4

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The meetings #5

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Where do I start? #6

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Meeting with

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The first contacts with Mozambique #8

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Agenda first mission in Mozambique #9

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First mission: arrival in Maputo #1

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But where am I? #2

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Meeting with Alvim Cossa #3

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Teatro do Oprimido Show #4

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Meeting with the Machaka Association #5

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The Show by the Machaka Group #6

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Manuela Soeiro and the Avenida Theater #7

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Gonçalo Mabunda #8

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Meeting with the Luarte Association #9

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Luarte Show #10

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Maputo - Pemba Journey #11

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Vitor Raposo #12

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Pemba – Palma Trip #13

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Visit to the village of Quionga #14

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Visit to the village of Quirindi #15

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That wonderful beach! #16

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Visit to the village of Pundanhar #17

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The Mamãe Kit #18

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Visit to the hospital in Palma #19

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Return to Italy #20

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The project continues! #1

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How many meetings are we going to have?!? #2

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Agenda second mission in Mozambique #3

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Second mission in Mozambique, arrival at Pemba #4

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Felix Mambucho #5

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Performance Vitor Raposo and the Tambo Tambulani Tambo company #6

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Pemba – Palma Trip #7

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Performances at Palma, on with the casting! No, stop! #8

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Grupo do funzionarios #9

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Performances (and casting) in the village of Pundanhar #10

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Performances (and casting) in the village of Quionga #11

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Selecting the actors for the Italian stages #12

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Are you ready to come to Italy? #13

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The return to Italy and end of the second mission #14

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Preparing for the first training period at Alcatraz #1

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Arrival at the Libera Università di Alcatraz #2

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We begin! #3

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Mario Pirovano #4

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Acting with Mario Pirovano #5

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Arms going up on their own! #6

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A dive into the theatre #7

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Let’s tell a love story! #8

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Being an actor is hard work #9

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What days! #10

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O falso médico! #11

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We all go shopping! #12

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The performance takes shape #13

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We need an ultrasound! #14

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Rome has never been so beautiful! #15

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Second training session: the first day... #1

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The return of the Mozambicans #2

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A tragic day #3

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Memory tests with Mario Pirovano #4

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Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals… and that script in 3 languages… #5

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First reading of the script in Swahili #6

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Just for a change, we rehearse... #7

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That damned video! #8

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In and around Perugia #9

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The last rehearsals #10

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Action! #11

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Changes to the show? Change the title?!? #1

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Confusion in Fatima’s House #2

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Preparation of the stage design #3

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Ready to go (again)? #1

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Arrival at Pemba #2

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At Palma under the palm trees (wet!) #3

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First day of the tour: Mute #4

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Second day of the tour: Pundanhar #5

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Third day of the tour: Quionga #6

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Fourth day of the tour: Palma #7

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Fifth day of the tour: Olumbe #8

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Thank you Mozambique, thank you so much! #9

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There’s tension this morning. Quionga is a village where the majority of the population is Muslim. We worked hard to make sure that there was nothing in the performance that could in some way offend or not respect Christians, Muslims, animists, non-religious people, but only an on-site test can tell us if we evaluated well or not.

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We trusted the judgement of the actors themselves on many things, will their judgement have been judicious?

800 people in the audience! Maybe even 900!!! And laughs, lots of laughs! And Adelino Cuba, lots of Adelino Cuba!!! When he goes on stage dressed as the false doctor, there are always gales of laughter and from there the performance grows. The character of Mussa pulls the other actors, Mussa gesticulates, makes faces even when he isn’t in the main scene, even when he isn’t acting.

Today I watched him most, and it was a performance within a performance.

I’m very proud of this group, very proud! They have perfected two moments of the performance that they invented. Both in the finale, when the two couples are in hospital for the ultrasound, Mussa and Abdala, in reality Adelino Cuba and Agostinho, exchange some lines looking at the photos of the ultrasound. Adelino says that the baby’s head is the same size as his. And the audience laughs!

Another improvisation is the appearance of all the health cards together at the end. After a first and second day of “tests”, they have perfected times and movements.

Well done, well done, well done!

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As a true rugby enthusiast, I created a third act! After the performance, we all have a beer together to celebrate.

Tomorrow is a rest day (for the actors) and this diary will rest, too.

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