Sara Marreiros and her fellow musicians in a scene from Fado: The Saddest Music in the World. The Fringe Festival favourite returns to Victoria for a short run this week at the Metro Theatre. Photo by Jam Hamidi

Sadness makes for beautiful musical theatre

Puente Theatre brings Fringe Festival hit Fado back for four-show run at Metro Theatre, Nov. 14-16

A show voted the Favourite Musical at the 2018 Victoria Fringe Festival makes its return to the city this week.

Fado: The Saddest Music in the World is written by Portuguese-Canadian playwright Elaine Ávila and directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét with Puente Theatre.

It’s a story of love and ghosts set in the back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon. Part concert, 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.”

Island-based Sara Marreiros stars as the ghost of Amália Rodrigues, the queen of Fado, while fellow musicians/actors include Natasha Napoleao, Lucia Frangione, Judd Palmer, Pedro Siqueira, Chris Perrins and Dan Weisenberger.

Puente Theatre’s Fado: The Saddest Music in the World runs Nov. 14-16 at the Metro Studio, with 8 p.m. shows all three nights and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are available online through eventbrite.com.



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