Invisible Museum is a female led melancholic surreal comedy, about the life (and thoughts) of Yolanda, a Latin American immigrant, who works as gallery invigilator in a famous museum. Her job is to sit at the corner of the obscure “Emergent Artist’s Room” watching over the visitors to make sure they wouldn’t touch the art pieces. That’s ALL what she’s in charge of. She’s not allowed to interact with anyone or patrol around the rooms. She has to be still. Nevertheless, Yolanda’s mind is free to fly. And so, it will. Lost in her thoughts Yolanda mixes reality and fantasy, bringing to the audience her most secret desires. In the real world, she interacts with Laurelle and Wanda K. The first one the museum’s new curator recently nominated the youngest most successful Art Curator in UK, a true rising star. The second, a conceptual artist from East London, author of the art piece Yolanda looks after. An unknown emergency locks the three of them inside the room, forcing them to endure a very long time together. Reality merges with Yolanda’s dreams and desires (among them her burlesque fantasies) and we enter into a journey throughout her mind. Choreographies pop up as possibilities for relationships, spoken word suddenly seems to be the only way of communication and an increase surreal environment reveals layers of humanity. Invisible Museum is an all-female cast playing a melancholic and funny tale of self-exposure. An allegoric parade revealing the invisibility of lowers social classes, the clash of hierarchies and how pathetic humans and art can be, when truly undressed.Book Now
Tropical Company is Fernanda Mandagará & Ramiro Silveira, Brazilians based in London, sharing their passion for theatrical possibilities of telling tales. With long careers in many different companies in Brazil, UK and abroad, Invisible Museum is the company’s second show. Their previous work, Tropicalia Island, written and performed by Fernanda and directed by Ramiro, had its premiere at VAULT Festival 2019 and was part of Clout!, CASA Festival and Ventnor Fringe.
Fernanda Mandagará is an actress, playwright, cabaret artist and independent producer. She trained at East15 Drama School, UFRGS (Brazil), Globe Theatre, Cabaret & Drag Lab (Soho Theatre), and The Art of Drag School (RVT). Recently Arts Council commissioned her with the grant Developing Your Creative Practice.
Ramiro Silveira is an international Theatre Director, Lecturer, Actor Trainer and Researcher, with a PhD in Theatre Pedagogy he is the head of the BA World Performance course at East15 Drama School, in UK. Working professionally as theatre director since 1995, Ramiro has directed more than 30 plays in Brazil and abroad. He won the Volkswagen Theatre Award and the Brazilian International Press Award UK.
Invisible Museum team:
Text – Fernanda Mandagará
Director – Ramiro Silveira
Cast – Fernanda Mandagará, Leanne Shorley and Juliana Pflaumer
Stage Manager and Producer – Carla Tosta
Assistant Director – Clementina Allende Iriarte
Set and video – Carlos Moral Reis
Lighting Designer -Imanol Rubio
Costume & Props – Luis Benkard
Teasers – Catharina Conte
Graphic Designer – Maura Hayas
Promo Photos – Caio Sanfelice
Photos – Julia Testas
Production – Tropical Company
Praise for previous work
Camden New Journal "Brazilian writer and actress Fernanda Mandagará achieved the rare thing of making a mockery of one of the most serious crisis facing us – refugees.(...) Well directed by Brazilian Ramiro Silveira,(...) The mad-cap black humour flows for an hour as the audience is treated to just a glimpse of what it’s like on the other side of the immigration debate."
Theatre Reviews Hub ★★★★"Guided by a skillful emigration officer, who is also naturally the president of the island, this play puts up a powerful what if scenario cured with a lot of dark humour."
Ventnor Fringe Review 2019 - Issue 37 "The captivating lead, Fernanda Mandagará, who also devised the piece, was engaging from the start: aggressive, flirtations, joyful, sensual and sinister, all at once. To be frank, I could watch and listen to her reading the shipping forecast and I would be happy. (...) The confident central performance carries the show and at no point was I left feeling unentertained."
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