September 2022


Assaig sobre la ceguesa

  • José Saramago
  • Directed by Nuno Cardoso
  • Sala Gran
  • 29/09/22 al 30/10/22

A critique of a rotten and deeply selfish society

On the centenary of the birth of José Saramago, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998, we are staging one of his best-known books: Blindness.

A pandemic is sweeping the globe: a plague of unexplained and incurable blindness. The government applies increasingly repressive and useless restrictions to try to stop the contagion.

Lack of resources and extreme conditions will make people fight to survive but only the most immoral will succeed.


We talked to Carme Portaceli about doing something together and Saramago's name came up, but it seemed to me too big, too personal, too risky. When I went out on the balcony to smoke a cigarette, in the square a homeless man was talking to God and pedestrians were going about their business, as if they couldn't see him, much less hear him. That was when it was clear to me, and looking at Carme I said to her: “blindness”.
Two years have passed since that conversation, two very difficult years. Re-reading Blindness, which at first sight seemed a parable on the human condition in an unlikely scenario, is now our everyday life. Fear, loss, helplessness, hope and freedom had become very present. It was as if, instead of reading, I was remembering.

Nuno Cardoso

Production team

José Saramago
Directed by
Nuno Cardoso
Adaptation and dramaturgy
Clàudia Cedó
Ana Brandão, Ferran Carvajal, Joana Carvalho, Jordi Collet, Sérgio Sá Cunha, Montse Esteve, Paulo Freixinho, Adriana Fuertes, Gabriela Flores, Pedro Frias, Jorge Mota, Albert Prat/Ramon Pujol, Lisa Reis, Maria Ribera
  • + Information
    Pedro “Peixe” Cardoso

    Set design
    F. Ribeiro

    Nídia Tusal
    Nuno Meira

    Joel Azevedo

    Luís Porto
    Assistant director
    Manuel Tur

    Teatro Nacional São João and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya


    Consolat General de Portugal a Barcelona and Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua



Del 25 al 26 de novembre de 2022

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Del 9 al 19 de desembre

Teatro Nacional São João

3 de desembre de 2022

Teatro Aveirense / Aveiro