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FADO – The Saddest Music in the World

Written by Elaine Ávila, Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, and
Featuring Live Music by Fado Singer Sara Marreiros

(A Firehall Arts Centre and Puente Theatre Production)
November 21 – December 14, 2019 |Firehall Arts Centre| 280 E. Cordova

Opening Night: Friday, November 22 at 8:00pm
Preview: Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm

Performance Times: Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm | Fri & Sat, 8pm | Sun, 3pm | Wed, 1pm PWYC
Tickets: From $25 at | 604.689.0926
Post Show Talkback: November 28, December 5, & December 12

Produced by the Firehall Arts Centre along with Victoria’s Puente Theatre, FADO – The Saddest Music in the World runs from Thursday, November 21 to Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Acclaimed Portuguese-Canadian playwright Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, is a tale of love and ghosts set in the back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon. Part concert and part theatre, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s Fascist past and her own identity is interwoven with the heartbreaking national music of Portugal known as Fado, which means “fate.”

The hit of the Victoria Fringe in 2018, FADO won the award for Favourite Musical, with B.C.’s own beloved Sara Marreiros playing the ghost of Amália Rodrigues, the queen of Fado.

The Firehall’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer says, “I am excited to be working with Victoria’s Puente Theatre and Artistic Director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and look forward to bringing this wildly unique production to greater Vancouver audiences.”

For a taste of Fado music, listen to Amália Rodrigues singing “Abandono” here..

“FADO is a triumph. Its raw emotion echoes long after the final notes are sung.” – Showbill Canada

“…resonates and pulls at heartstrings in inexpressible ways. FADO is another triumph for Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Puente Theatre.” – Janice Lacouvée


Credits for FADO – The Saddest Music in the World

Written by: Elaine Ávila
Directed by: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Performances by: Sara Marreiros, Natasha Napoleao, Lucia Frangione, Judd Palmer, Pedro Siqueira, Chris Perrins, and Dan Weisenberger
Costume & Set Design by: Patricia Reilly
Lighting Design and Stage Management by: Emma Dickerson
Sound Design by: Aidan Dunsmuir

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