April 27th, 2016 | 21h30

About the play

A closed book contains potential energy, the power to produce transformation. The first step into that possible intervention of reality involves opening it. Then, to be activated, the book needs light.

In 2015, the International Year of Light, we created two theatre plays with the light theme: Light of Perdition, premiered at 25th September, in partnership with the Science Museum and a group of researchers from the University of Coimbra; Light, a co-production with Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente, premiered in it’s stage at 23rd November of 2015. This two plays match parallel paths that marionet is crossing since 2009: taking the theatre to science, working with scientific researchers communities the science social environment and other scientific themes; and bringing the science to theatre, working scientific themes with art professionals. These two paths intersect now, for the first time, in Light_Book, gathering in stage professional actors and scientific researchers, and also a set of scripts written by both.

Light_Book proceeds the artistic exploration work around light developed in that two initial productions. Keeps the reflection on the theatrical and scientific activities, the theatre and laboratorial places, the theatre audience and the science social environment, adding a new variant, the presence of the light in the universal literature.


Always with an eye in the light, the stage is simultaneous a theatre and scientific lab, where happens the intersection of dramatic elements with the research of an visual handicap known as cerebral achromatopsia. There are people involved. Therefore, there’s love, hate, envy, faith, pleasure, injustice, revenge, curiosity, interest, despite, subservience, prepotency, laughs, fear, joy and, above all, lots of light.

Creative and technical team

Discussion and ideas
Cristiana Paulo, Cristina Tavares, Carlos Matos, Ermelindo Leal, Eunice Oliveira, Filipe Eusébio, Joana Macias, Josephine Blersch, Laetitia Morais, Lucília Raimundo, Mafalda Oliveira, Marcelo dos Reis, Margarida Coelho, Maria João Almeida, Mário Montenegro, Pedro Andrade, Rosa Baptista, Rui Simão, Sara Amaral, Tiago Bastos;

Cristiana Paulo, Carlos Matos, Ermelindo Leal, Eunice Oliveira, Filipe Eusébio, Joana Macias, Josephine Blersch, Lucília Raimundo, Mário Montenegro, Rosa Baptista, Sara Amaral;

Mário Montenegro

Carlos Matos, Cristina Tavares, Eunice Oliveira, Filipe Eusébio, Joana Macias, Josephine Blersch, Lucília Raimundo; Margarida Coelho, Mário Montenegro, Rosa Baptista;

Scenography, image, costumes and props
Pedro Andrade

Mafalda Oliveira

Laetitia Morais

Marcelo dos Reis, Tiago Santos

Photography and executive production
Francisca Moreira

Carlos Gago – Ilídio Design

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Included in de celebrations of University of Coimbra’s 18th Cultural Week

Company financed by Câmara Municipal de Coimbra

Fundação Bissaya Barreto, Ilídio Design Cabeleireiros, MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra

Media partners
Rádio Universidade de Coimbra, Dolce Vita Coimbra

Ana Cristina Tavares, Carlos Fiolhais, João Fernandes, José António Bandeirinha, Maria João Feio, Paulo Gama Mota, Rui Fausto, Rui Simão, TEUC.