Countless Voices


Countless Voices
Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo
From the 25th to the 27th of November | 21h30
28th of November | 16h00

Countless Voices is a theatre show inspired and informed by the experience of hearing voices.

For those who haven’t lived through the experience of hearing voices, it is difficult to put themselves in the place of those who do. In an attempt to lessen this difficulty, we have tried to get closer to that reality by, throughout the whole of the creative process, listening and questioning those that live with it, as well as imagining what circumstances in our own life experiences would allow us to understand what the sensorial experience of  hearing voices that other people don’t might be.

Throughout the centuries, theatre has portrayed the human experience in its most diverse aspects. As a collective art, it results from the gathering of a diversity of artistic visions, which we purposely exacerbated in constructing this show. Therefore, the scenes that constitute it result from a multiplicity of voices and reflect different perspectives and sensitivities towards this phenomenon. The intimate discourses of these inner voices, and of those who hear them, were given leading roles here, in a fiction inspired by realities that are often beyond us.

The diversity of experiences within the universe of people who hear voices is surprising. Inner voices, outer voices, with a negative or positive inclination, insulting, flattering, wise, verbose, interspersed, whispered, distant, known, unknown, foreign, direct, in second or third person, of living people, of dead people, religious voices, worldly voices, voices that can be seen, voices of children, of adults, transforming voices. The perceived limits to what we call reality are challenged by the many dimensions of this phenomenon.

We hope to provide our visiting audience with an intense experience related to the experience of hearing voices and, above all, to open the door to reflection and to a broader discussion of this subject.

Technical and artistic credits
Discussion and ideas: Ana Teresa Santos, Andreia Fernandes*, Arianna Angioli**, Francisca Moreira, Joana Ferrajão*, Mafalda Canhola, Mário Montenegro, Nuno Geraldo, Rita Alcaire, Sílvia Santos

Texts: Andreia Fernandes*, Joana Ferrajão*, Mário Montenegro, Nuno Geraldo

Directed by: Mário Montenegro


Ana Teresa Santos – Cristina, Lídia, voices

Mafalda Canhola – Íris, voices

Nuno Geraldo – Francisco, Gabriel, uncle, voices

Sílvia Santos – Paula, Natércia, penitent, voices

Isilda Sanches – Voice

Music: Rita Redshoes

Music, Sound Design and Operation: Marcelo dos Reis

Audio Installation: Sílvio Correia Santos

Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Danilo Pinto

Set and Costume Design: Pedro Andrade

Executive Production: Francisca Moreira

Production Assistance: Arianna Angioli**

Hair Design: Carlos Gago | Ilídio Design

Translation: Susana Pires***

Promotional video: Tiago Cerveira

Video Record: João Cunha – STUDIO

Cientific Consultancy: Celina Vilas-Boas, Nuno Faleiro, Rita Alcaire, Tiago Pires Marques

Interviewers: Celina Vilas-Boas, Maria Dias, Tiago Pires Marques

In Partnership With: Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra, Movimento Ouvir Vozes Portugal, Rádio Aurora – A Outra Voz

With the Support of: Direção-Geral das Artes no âmbito do Programa de Apoio em Parceria – Arte e Saúde Mental, Câmara Municipal de Coimbra, A Escola da Noite, Diário de Coimbra, Ilídio Design Cabeleireiros, MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra, Rádio Universidade de Coimbra, TAGV, Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo

Our heatfelt thank you to everyone that contributed to the project with testimony about their experience, as well as to Ilídio Design Cabeleireiros, MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra, Rádio Universidade de Coimbra, TAGV, Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo

Acknowledgements:  Carina Carvalhais Matos, Catarina Moita, Fátima Martins, Filipe Maia e Carmo, Nádia Rodrigues, Pedro Renca, Raquel Carvalho, Xico Moreira

*Intern of Estudos Artísticos from FLUC
**Intern from Pisa University
***Translation Intern from FLUC