Tieta comes home to a small, conservative Brazilian village in search of justice – the audience will be the jury.
Part stand-up, part gig, part storytelling The Trial is a dynamic and interactive piece of theatre that asks if we can reject authority in order to live an love in different ways.
Loosely based on Jorge Amado’s 1970s novel Tieta do Agreste, this new work presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by StoneCrabs Theatre, is a timely expose of today’s social and political struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in Brazil and elsewhere.
At its heart is Tieta, a young person who was shunned and driven from their small town in the northeast of Brazil for being queer only to return as a trans woman asking for the townsfolk to find her justice.
Performing six different roles, playing a variety of instruments and enlisting dance, speech and song – Inês Sampaio delivers a hugely energetic performance that raises a multitude of questions about gender and sexuality.
Franko Figueiredo, the show’s director who is a Brazilian based in the UK, said: “This is very much a production for the times we live in.
“The LGBTQ+ community in Brazil, and other countries, are facing growing persecution and discrimination – in some places it feels like society is moving backwards.
“The Trialdigs deep into social attitudes and realities, and I feel privileged to be working with Inês Sampaio’s, with suchremarkable energy, and the ability to grip the audience as she tells a compelling story while switching between half a dozen roles.”
AlthoughThe Trialis a new piece of writing it is already attracting praise such as “sparkling performance, witty and subversive” Loitering in the Theatreand “a thought-provoking performance that challenges attitudes and responses to gender” Ventnor Fringe Review.
For more about StoneCrabs see https://stonecrabs.co.uk
· Venue: Greenside at Infirmary Street, Mint Studio (Venue 236)
· Dates: Aug 2-17
· Time: 15:00
· Duration: 50 mins
· Ticket prices: £10 full price and £5 concessions
· Box office: 0131 5572124
· Advisory: 14+