KING KONG - Quem é o monstro?

A small set, 2 puppeteers and loads of live special effects in 45 minutes of adventure!






KING KONG - Quem é o monstro?

Puppet theatre dates back to time immemorial, having probably emerged in response to the needs of primitive man. Puppet theatre and cinema have much in common. They both create visual dreams, a cosmogony where the wondrous can be found side-by-side with the most heinous monsters, taking us on journeys with the help of visual effects.

In its infancy, and still today, cinema borrowed techniques from puppet theatre to bring several fantastic characters to life: Godzilla, Yoda, King Kong and many others.

We want to experience this adventure from the other perspective. King Kong was the first film to have a giant monster created by movie magic. A lot of special effects were used for this film.King Kong is part of our shared culture, the myth of the wild freed from an unfamiliar part of nature. The monster against civilisation. The innocent against the lucre!

Re-writing this story for a puppet play is a challenge. Making it short, but giving it a great interpretation. Telling a story at the pace of a film, telling it through the audience’s eyes as if they were cameras and using the film’s clichés

The tale of a metaphor about harnessing power from nature and how it all ends. Nature, depicted in a wild, destructive and unrelenting masculine form! Civilised man defends the lucre/the wild man maintains balance by sacrificing virgins. We are all telling a simple, yet very compelling moral story.


Creation | Yiorgos Karakantzas e Amândio Anastácio

Artistic Director | Yiorgos Karakantzas

Assistant Director | Ildeberto Gama

Performers / Puppeters | Amândio Anastácio e Susana Nunes

Set and Puppets | Ildeberto Gama, Amândio Anastácio e Yiorgos Karakantzas

Puppet Construction | Susana Malhão e Amândio Anastácio

Set Construction | João Evaristo Sousa

Lighting Design and Projection Machines | João Sofio

Live Music | João Bastos

Production | Teresa Mendes

Co-production | Alma d’Arame and Anima Theatre

Translation / Adaptation | Adelina Cristóvão and Ildeberto Gama

Supported by | Montemor-o-Novo City Council

Organisation funded by | DGARTES and the Portuguese Government