Marco Martins

Provisional Figures

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 May, 7pm

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An exciting new piece of theatre created by award-winning Portuguese film and theatre director Marco Martins.

‘Provisional Figures’ is the name used in statistical studies to classify all migrants whose situation and status is undefined or provisional and who are currently working in the United Kingdom.

Provisional Figures is the culmination of a two-year project working with Great Yarmouth’s Portuguese community, many of whom moved to the town between 2009 – 2014 to work at the large food processing plants in Norfolk. Taking advantage of the decline of this coastal town, once a favoured holiday resort, plants in the region used accommodation in hotels and semi-abandoned caravan sites to house their new workers.

After working closely in Great Yarmouth with nine inhabitants of various nationalities over several months, Martins brings us a show based on the individual testimonials of those who personally experience this period of uncertainty and adjustment, Audiences are invited to reflect on identity and migration issues in an urban context severely hit by the economic crisis and consequent social unrest and exploring the contradictions of human behaviour and the nature of the relationships between men and other animals.

Important information

Post show talk: With Marco Martins on Friday 25 May.

Age guidance: 12+ Contains some explicit language

Duration: c. 2 hours

On Saturday 26th there will be a range of traditional Portuguese food available at The Drill House from 6pm.

Provisional Figures trailer

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25 May

07:00 pm

£3.00 - £12.00


26 May

07:00 pm

£3.00 - £12.00

Produced by CCTAR – Centro de Criação para o Teatro e Artes de Rua

Co-commissioned by República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes, Instituto Camões, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Teatro Municipal do Porto, SeaChange Arts.

Supported by Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival & Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Arts Council England

Internationalization Support Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Online Artistic Residency :raum / Curated by Liliana Coutinho

Special thanks to Embassy of Portugal in the United Kingdom, no Reino Unido, Mariana Fonseca, Guilherme Branquinho, André Príncipe, Sr. Joaquim, Samuel and Daniela from Galante Cafe Restaurant & Bar, Rita Arnaut and Arena Ensemble

Image credits: Masthead © Marco Martins