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Labyrinth
2019

Original Portuguese text by Moncho Rodriguez
('Labirinto de Amor e Morte')
English version by Mark C. Hewitt (
in consultation with Marta Carvalho)
Performed by Marta Carvalho
Directed by Mark C. Hewitt
Movement / choreography: Katarina Bozic
Music by Narciso Fernandes, featuring the voice of Clarisse Fernandes
Costume: Marília Martins
Lighting design: Ally Brett


"Today I killed a man …"

A first translation project, working with actress
Marta Carvalho. Labyrinth is the voice of a woman determined to break free of the entanglements of a love affair that has become poison for her. With a narrative that hovers, at times, ambiguously between murder and vivid fantasy, she seeks to ruthlessly annihilate - within herself - all trace of the affair that haunts her.

Originally written in Portuguese by Galician theatremaker,
Moncho Rodriguez, this fierce feminist monologue has been toured by Marta Carvalho in Portugal, Brazil and Spain. This new English version captures the obsessive nature of the Portuguese original, losing none of its visceral energy but perhaps adding a layer of dark humour.

The English version was previewed over a short UK tour in the Autumn of 2019, with performances in Hastings, Lewes, Bristol, Tunbridge Wells and London.
See the production teaser vid:
here »

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The first performance was reviewed by Anna Arnone for Hastings Independent Press:
"In a set scattered with rose petals and bathed in blood red light, Marta Carvalho propels us into the sadness, the frustration, the rage, the love, the tension, the pain, and the beautifully dark humour, experienced by her character, as she voices those most taboo of thoughts. Yes, she killed him she declares; but has she? She symbolically eats his ashes and he becomes part of her in a neat symbolic reversal of the power roles. She acknowledges the various familiar roles that woman can slip into and then the haunting possession of her imagination by an ex-lover in the aftermath. … Labyrinth is full-on physical theatre in which Carvalho takes us on a woman’s rollercoaster journey through a myriad of emotions in the aftermath of a relationship. … Described as a 'fierce feminist monologue', Carvalho delivers her words bluntly and passionately, fixing you in her gaze or a stare as she moves around the circular set. It is both fascinating and disconcerting as her questions and statements seem to be aimed directly at you! … Labyrinth raises many questions about the psychology of relationships and the difficulties of parting. For that alone it is worth seeing."

See the rehearsal teaser here »

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Photos © Sara Roque Peres, 2019

Audience feedback from preview tour, autumn 2019
• “A fantastic performance – a tour de force – challenging – thought-provoking – and somehow very Portuguese.”
• “Soul touching, beautiful performance and very poetic lines.”
• “Marta took us on a profound journey of absorbing empowerment and a deep understanding of the feminine psyche. A truly wonderful journey – reaching so much we often choose to ignore!”
• “A very powerful poetic piece. A combination of very few elements worked to perfection. Timeless, tender, deep …”
• “A genuinely mesmerizing show, archetypal and beautiful with a very rare performance by an artist truly immersed in the character. Incredible. With a text so delicate and nuanced. Amazing.”
• “Beautiful, powerful, important. And funny in parts. Incredibly subtle as well. Needed. A star is born. A writer on top of his game.”