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The Day Sam Died


The Day Sam Died dramatizes the ethical choices that define the destinies of six people who meet in the corridors of a large hospital. In this environment, where physical sanitation appears to be the common rule, a closer look may reveal the rotten disguised as beauty and the hidden qualities in rottenness. What is these characters' perception of the world and time in which they live, the people they meet and the work that they do? How do you remain clean in a world where everything is relativized or when life takes a radical turn at the snap of a finger? You have to take a stand.

The concept of rupture, violent rupture, runs like a thread through the play. A break from memory, the concept of justice, the concept of personal truth. This violent rupture, almost instantly identified as something juvenile (like Rimbaud's rupture when he gave up poetry at the age of 17 to spend eternity in Africa), in The Day Sam Died affects almost everyone. The characters in the play do not try to evade the hard questions. On the contrary, they seem to run in their direction. They speak constantly of themselves, only tell parts of the truth, keep secrets but reveal themselves in fragments. Fragment after fragment.

In a similar fashion, the play's structure too reveals itself, presenting a succession of re-beginnings, alternating between the voices of the characters leading us through the plot. In the first part, Benjamin and Samuel take us along to the cruel game of clearly antagonistic positions, a duel of sorts between the "I am what I am" and " I am what is me". In the second part, Samantha and Arthur discuss their individual paths from youth to adulthood, from their dreams to the practical everyday decisions, of doubt and the pain doubt brings. Finally, Sofia and Samir present the game in a more poetical way, questioning the measurements of the things that are. Our story comes and goes, repeats itself yet in a different manner, everybody affected by each other's actions or lack thereof. Turn left, right or go straight ahead?

We're all alone. Yet we are all together.


“gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous … an unexpected treat to discover such an accomplished production” ★★★★★ Mark Fisher, The Scotsman

“darkly dreamlike … a physical and often surreal production that plays with form and performance” The Stage


Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Armazém Companhia de Teatro
  • Country
  • Brazil
  • Parental rating
  • Not recommended for children under 14
  • Duration
  • 95 minutes
  • Original language
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Year
  • 2014
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Drama

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