Teatro O Bando is a major Portuguese professional traveling theatre company in activity since 1974.
Bando is collective that elects aesthetic transfiguration has a civic and communitary participation and it’s a Portuguese National Entity of Public Utility and a Certified Actor’s Training establishment.
Founded in 1974, they are one of the oldest cultural cooperatives in the Portugal. The genesis and foundations of the company is street theatre and activities for children in schools and cultural associations, integrated in decentralization projects..
O Bando creations are defined by their plastic and staging dimension, marked mainly by the Scene Machines, polysemic objects carrying in itself an idea of action.
The dramaturgic work is also very important: parting mainly from Portuguese authors, most of the times not dramatic work, which the theatrical form, in its multiple languages, provides a different communication.
Having created more than 100 performances, O Bando has presented approximately 4500 shows to over 1.5 million spectators. The company goes on seeking for the singularity of their creations, aiming to achieve more cutting and unexpected art works. These are the result of a collective methodology where an expanded artistic direction demand the difference, the interference, the collapse, the collision of points of view. Rural or urban, adult or child, learned or popular, national, or universal, dramatic, narrative or poetic – these are the borders Teatro O Bando works to transgress.
Throughout their journey, the group was linked to multiple national and international projects and the touring investment continues to present several shows throughout the country.
After several homes, O Bando is now settled in a Farm in Vale dos Barris, Palmela, where unsuspected potential stages can be found. There O Bando is waiting for you, always with soup, bread and cheese, Muscatel, a cosy chat next to the fireplace.
Teatro O Bando is also connected with the Institute for Systems and Robots Lisboa for the PlayOn! project.