Auto dos Físicos – no qual se tratam huns graciosos amores de hum clérigo, Gil Vicente

2021

Title: O Auto dos Físicos – no qual se tratam huns graciosos amores de hum clérigo

Author: Gil Vicente

Direction: António Augusto Barros

Production: A Escola da Noite

Typology: Recording (DVD)

Language: Portuguese

Year: 2020

Register nº.:346/2020

Synopsis: Written and first performed between 1519 and 1524, the “Auto dos Físicos” closes the farses’ book in the 1562 “Copilaçam” but was excluded, by the Inquisition’s censorship, in the 1586 edition. It is believed, from its popular tone and its characteristic burlesque, to have been performed around the time of Carnival. A priest “dies” from unrequited love and four doctors (the “Physitians”) visit him in turns, suggesting preposterous remedies. Brásia Dias,  the “gossip” who first tries to help him, a lad turned to (a weak) procurer, and a confessing priest who understands his colleague’s suffering “all too well” complete the bouquet of characters in this farse, closing in a typical Gil Vicente “ensalada”, with references to other plays by the author and to elements of the traditional cancioneiro.

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