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Brazil Diversity Collective in association with Theatre503 presents

Brazil Diversity

Written by Brazil Diversity
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£10 Adult Standard

RUNNING TIME: 120mins (inc. interval)

Brazil Diversity presents eight short plays in an evening that will reveal a Brazil beyond samba and football. Bringing together Brazilian and non-Brazilian artists (cis, trans, LGBT+ and friends), committed to fighting for LGBT+ rights around the world.

The plays featured:
– A young, married woman in the 1960s cannot forget her female lover.
– Two gay men face a bizarre situation: after a one-night stand, they are forced to marry.
– A fat transsexual woman forces us to confront our prejudices about others’ bodies.
– A flower speaks to the human race in the name of nature’s diversity.
– A liberal man loses sleep when he discovers a secret love affair between two old ladies.
– A person wins the legal right not to be either a man or a woman.
– A homophobe breaks down when a gay man he’s attacked and killed kisses him.
– Stripping off his princess costume, a man finds the mystery of being in his own body.


CAIO RISCADO has a Ph.D. in Performance and a Masters Degree in Processes and Methods of Scenic Creation; both from UNIRIO. He graduated as a theatrical director from UFRJ. Caio is an artist, researcher, teacher, performer and queer. He is also a founding member of MIÚDA – Nucleus of Continuous Research in Arts, Rio de Janeiro.

CANDIDA SASTRE is a comedy writer and dramaturge. She graduated in theatre theory at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Carioca, feminist, pop culture student, mother of cats and daughter of a journalist, Candida writes comedy because it is easy for her but she really wanted to be Daniel MacIvor. 

MARCIA ZANELATTO lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She writes for theatre, television, film and teaches script writing. Her work often engages with ideas of racism, public security, and sexual and gender identity. She has received several awards and her plays have been translated into English, Spanish, French and Swedish. As a creator and producer, she has made important projects, such as Artistic Occupation Great Minorities, seven plays about social themes, and Artistic Occupation Rio Diversity, four short plays about sexual and gender diversity. The latter was nominated for the Shell Award, in the Innovation Category, and the Special Category for the APTR Award.

ROGERIO CORREA works in Brazil and the UK. He curated the event Red Like Embers: Contemporary Voices from Brazil, at Theatre503 in 2014. His play Na Real was shortlisted for the most prestigious playwriting competition in Brazil (Seleção Brasil em Cena 2015). Rogerio’s play Mona & I was staged at the Cervantes Theatre in London in 2017 and in the same year was the runner-up in the Best Comedy category of the Player Playwrights Award.

JO BILAC is a rising star of the Brazilian theatre scene (Best Playwright Award, Contigo Teatro/Nacional 2010; Best Playwright Award, Shell Award 2011; Best Playwright Award, Festikaos/SP 2011, Best Playwright Award, APTR/RJ 2011; nominated for Best Playwright Award, APTR 2013, for Fluxorama, and CESGRANRIO Award 2014).

LUIS BENKARD is an award-winning, Brazilian-German actor, director and writer based in London. He is Artistic Director of Tirso Theatre Company. His last show as a director, Frida Kahlo Viva La Vida, sold out in the UK and abroad. As a writer his show Mulheres de Almodovar opened in Brazil in 2015 and his new show, The Fallen Angel, opens this year.

MILA TEIXEIRA is a writer born in 1993 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. She writes theatre plays, screenplays, short stories, prose and poetry, always trying to give prominence to women in her work.

HELENA VIEIRA is a writer and transfeminist. She writes regularly for the media and dedicates herself to researching the body, gender and sexuality. She studied Public Policy Management at the University of São Paulo. Helena is currently a Parliamentary Advisor to the Legislative Assembly of the State of Ceará, in Brazil.

Brazil Diversity

The project is inspired by the show Rio Diversidade, that has been performed on Brazilian stages since 2015 and has been nominated for some of the most important theatre awards in the country.


Artistic Team
Brazil Diversity
Rogerio Correa
Marcia Zanelatto
Luis Benkard, Jo Bilac, Caio Riscado, Candida Sastre, Mila Teixeira, Helena Vieira
Luis Benkard, Pedro de Senna, Victor Esses, Emma Frankland, Chryssanthi Kouri, André Pink, Aydan Wilder
Assistant Director
Camila Abrantes
Set Designer
Bashar Ali
Set Design Coordinator
Luis Benkard
Costume Design Coordinator
Laura Arantes
Jack Patterson
Production Assistant
Katia Fonseca
Technical Operator
Fergus Davison
Stage Manager
Julia Testa
Graphic Designer
Daniel de Jesus
Almiro Andrade
Najla Andrade
Annie Brett
Bryan Carvalho
Pedro Casarin
Michael Davies
Will Jarvis
Peter Losasso
Fernanda Mandagará
Will McGeough
Mzz Kimberley
Jonny Woo

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