The Periodic Table Neighborhood


On the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Periodic Table – proclaimed by the UN’s General Assembly as the International Year of the Periodic Table – Marionet was invited by the National Commitee for the Celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table and by professor Manuel João Monte, author of the play The Periodic Table Neighbourhood, to stage that very same text.

The scene is set between a classroom (a chemistry class, of course!) and a meeting of the periodic table condominium – in an analogy between the table’s elements and a neighbourhood’s lettered blocks – where the actors play specific chemical elements, whose characteristics are inevitably similar to those elements’ properties. In both spaces we speak of history, sing opera, explore chemistry and discuss contemporaneity.

This show was part of the Official Programme for the Celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table (first presented by Dmitri Mendeleiev in 1869)

Carnaxide | Auditório Ruy de Carvalho | September 19, 20 and 21

Coimbra | Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente | September 26 and 27

Porto | Teatro Helena Sá e Costa | October 3, 4 and 5


Technical and Artistic Credits

Text Manuel João Monte

Direction Mário Montenegro


Diana Narciso – Ada & Rita

Filipe Eusébio – Hidrogen & Tomás

Mafalda Canhola – Platinum & Sofia

Miguel Lança – Oxigen & Pedro

Nuno Geraldo – Europium & Bruno

Pedro Lamas – Lead & João

Tânia Cardoso – Silver & Teacher

Stage, Wardrobe and Prop Design Pedro Andrade

Technical Direction & Lighting Design João Teixeira

Original Soundtrack & Sound Design Marcelo dos Reis

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Production & Communication Direction Francisca Moreira

Assistant Producer Beatriz Sousa*

Hair Design Carlos Gago – Ilídio Design

Supported by Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Hovione, Oeiras Valley, Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente, Teatro Helena Sá e Costa, Ciência Viva, Direção-Geral da Educação, Ilídio Design Cabeleireiros, MAFIA – Federação Cultural, Rádio Universidade de Coimbra


* Intern Trainee from the Artistic Studies course at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra.