The world is ending. Only three safe places remain: the Himalayas, the North Pole and The Tropicalia Island. Fernanda Mandagará is the native emigration officer receiving refugees (the audience) willing to flee from their submersed countries to seek asylum in her tropical paradise. Of course, there are rules and it won't be easy for the exotic white people to fit in. Directed by Ramiro Silveira, The Tropicalia Island is modern allegory of our times, full of music, dance, audience interaction and irony. Stereotypes revive real perceptions in a world where the absurdity of the situations provokes laughter and awareness of a crude reality. Tropicalia Island is a warn, a punch of reality. It is musical, contagious and surreal. It is a tropical dark comedy where sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and bigotry are twisted and revisited. The Tropicalia Island is a one woman show in a set made of inflatables, fake coconut trees and cocktails, where the audience, who is divided in three groups (red, blue and yellow) is invited to participate. An evening of laughter and surprises. A tropical escape to reality. Will you be accepted?
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, The Tropicalia Island marks the beginning of their company.
Fernanda Mandagará is an actor, playwright, director and producer working professionally since 2003. She trained at East15 and UFRGS (Brazil). She also did a residency at Globe Theatre, a Directing Residence at StoneCrabs Company and Cabaret & Drag Lab at Soho Theatre. She is one of the artistic directors of Teatro Enlatado Company, based in São Paulo. In London, her credits as an actor include: Where We Began (Camden People’s Theatre, HighTide Festival and national tour); A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Barbican), I Walk in your Words (RichMix and Omnibus Theatre); Turmoil (Cervantes Theatre, Wandsworth Festival); among many others. She is the winner of the Press Award UK 2017 (award given by Brazilian International Press) category Theatre Producer.
Ramiro Silveira is an international Theatre Director, Lecturer, Actor Trainer and Researcher, with a PhD in Theatre Pedagogy – Theatre Artist Training from University of São Paulo (Brazil), a MFA in Theatre Directing from University of Middlesex (UK) and a BA Theatre Directing from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He has trained with Eugenio Barba, Thomas Leabhart, Philippe Gaulier and Bogdanov. Worked professionally as theatre director since 1995, Ramiro has directed more than 30 plays in Brazil and abroad. His awards include the Volkswagen Theatre Award for The Bald Soprano by Ionesco and the Brazilian International Press Award UK for his achievements as an international theatre director. His credits include: The Unlikely Life of Leonard Langley by Teresa Zoers-Taylor (London Courtyard Theatre and Southend Clifftown Theatre), For Elise by Grace Passo (Embassy of Brazil in London), among many others.
Text and Performance: Fernanda Mandagará
Director: Ramiro Silveira
Stage Manager: Carla Tosta
Supporting actors: Leanne Shorley and Sophie MacArthur
Voice Over: Najla Andrade
Costume Designer: Susana Pedroso
Set & Props: Luis Benkard
Sounding Designer: Joana Flor
Videos: Jörg Wagner
Graphic Designer: Maura Hayas
Voice Over Edition: Fernão Lacerda
Photos: Ramiro Silveira, Pedro Henrique Casarin
Production: Tropical Company
“Surreal, very political, delightful dark comedy, not to be missed!” Andre Pink (Dende Collective).
“Inventive and powerful piece of theatre.” (Franko Figueiredo - StoneCrabs Theatre)
“Very Brazilian, very universal, sadly actual.” Carol Bianchi (Cia dos Outros – São Paulo)