A dinner room. Sitting at a candlelit table are Helen and Danny in what appears to be a celebration. Standing by the door is Helen's brother, Liam, looking at the couple. Helen and Danny look at him in silence. No one says anything. Liam is covered in blood.
Orphans raises some pertinent questions about the source of fear, in particular the vague and undefined threat of the "other" and the desperate need to feel safe within our family. It is a contemporary suspense story that transports the viewer on a chilling journey to a world that lies just next door.
Orphans talks about violence and how it imposes itself on our lives. It speaks of how life shapes and deforms us. It speaks of the choices that define us.
BY Dennis Kelly
STAGING Tiago Guedes
TRANSLATION Francisco Frazão
WITH Isabel Abreu, Romeu Costa and Tónan Quito
SET DESIGN Fernando Ribeiro
LIGHT DESIGN Nuno Meira
CO-PRODUCTION Pueblozito and São Luiz Teatro Municipal
PHOTO Estelle Valente