an interactive play about identity, equality and justice.
Come play jury!
‘The Trial’ is part stand-up & part gig, interactive storytelling
‘The Trial’ is part stand-up & part gig, interactive storytelling by Franko Figueiredo & Inês Sampaio. ‘The Trial’ questions gender constructions in the 21st century. Can we reject authority, and live & love in a different way?
This hyper theatrical performance loosely is inspired on ‘Tieta do Agreste’, a novel by Jorge Amado.
Donning musical instruments, a microphone and a loop-pedal, Inês Sampaio invites the audience to join her on a journey of questioning, growth and discovery, be unprejudiced witnesses and play jury to her story.
★★★★★ “Sharp, radiant and engaging” – BN1 Magazine
★★★★★ – “Outstanding” – Traspi.net
★★★★ “infectious energy throughout” – London Pub Theatre Magazine
★★★★ “captivates, educates and entertains” – DIVA Magazine
How far have we come to shed our prejudices on gender and sexuality?
When setting out to tell the tale of Tieta, a young person who is shunned from his small town for being queer and return as a transwoman and millionaire, turning the town upside down, the storyteller is confronted with our current notions of true self: how far have we come to shed our prejudices on gender and sexuality? How much are we still being influence by Newtonian & Darwinian views of Life? Why, in this 21st century, are we still shackled to tyrannosaurian views of gender, self, and self in society?
“thoroughly life affirming” – Ventnor Fringe Review
This is the Trial and you are the Jury
The Trial highlights issues that are still as current and problematic today, ranging from poverty, wealth and greed to social exclusion and equality Is prejudice induced by religion? Are human beings inherently born to yield to acts of corruption? What causes this? Necessity? Greed? How aware are we of the damage caused by our small actions? And if we are aware, are we just compassion fatigued?
The storyteller and the main character impetuous and questioning spirit shine brightly. The audience will be actively provoked and asked to make choices that will influence and change the story which, in theatre’s true fashion, will be different every night.
Previous shows and audience comments
Time Out’s one of the 10 great shows to see at the Greater Manchester Fringe in 2016 . The show received a pilot tour of London and the South East in 2017, when it was presented as part Isle of Wight Pride Festival supported by the Arts Council of England (project grants), LondonSchool trust and sponsored by Aspect Plus.
We have also performed different versions of the show at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, The Groundlings, Portsmouth Marylebone Theatre London, Soho Theatre, London, ETC Theatre, London Camden People’s Theatre at Camden Fringe Festival, and The Other Place, Ventnor Fringe Festival, Isle of Wight.
“brilliant”, “a tour de force”, “sterling performance from Sampaio”, “spellbinding” – audience comments
Performed by Inês SampaioAdapted and Directed by Franko Figueiredo, with text by Franko Figueiredo, Inês Sampaio and Almiro Andrade.
Dramaturgy, Directorial Assistance by Almiro Andrade
Funded by the Arts Council of England, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The LondonSchool Trust
Sponsored by AspectPlus
‘The Trial’ started as a research and development project (Tieta) conceived and produced by Franko Figueiredo in association with StoneCrabs Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Swan, Dobcross. It was presented as a rehearsed reading at Lawrence Batley Theatre on 10 July 2015 and as a scratch performance at the Swan Dobcross on 19 July 2016.