The van tells us the story of Romão and his brother who decide to retire their father’s business, a man with thousands of kilometres travelled through the villages of Minho (North of Portugal). But now the business is different: the van that used to sell everything, even the purchase of a simple knife, which was used to peel potatoes and cut the chicken's neck, is no longer made in the same way! Confronted with a way of life that is coming to an end among the last customers and the old street vendors, the two brothers find themselves torn between technological progress and those who still resist in the villages, waiting for the blaring horn and small talk.
In this journey a battle is fought. The almost material peace is the necessary and searched for balance by the characters who transport it to the stage and give it universal forms of language, through an original scenario, music, props, and the text supported by a physical theatre as an extension of this narrative line.
The story of the play thickens on that fine line, there is still life in the hills, imaginary characters of an old man abandoned to his fate and who keeps a mermaid, he says, in the bathtub. The half-woman half-fish, who symbolizes the rivers and their transformations, is called Nabia, recalling the goddess of the rivers and water in the ancient mythology of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (Galicia and North of Portugal).
Actor, stage director and playwright. Born in Portugal in 1979, from an early age shared the artistic passion between poetry and theatre.
In 1997, after taking Drama Expression classes, he joined the Theatre Company of Barcelos. 10 years later, he founded Teatro de Balugas in his hometown, aiming the preservation of the community identity of the village of Balugães, located in the North of Portugal. In addition to this theatrical project, he is the director of the theatre festival and theatre award PALCO DE TERRA, coordinates and organizes TERREIRO – (a biennial community theatre show) and LÍNGUA Festival – International Festival of Theatre in Minority Languages.