Bats

Deutsch, Nederlands, Norwegian Bokmål

Two couples inhabit a surreal and fantastical world. The first are recent university graduates, passionate, volatile and embracing of technology and modernity; the second are old and live a rural and primitive existence devoid of all modern comforts. These two polar existences are forced into contact after the river that divides them apparently dries up and the young couple find themselves cut off completely from the world.

Born in Nazaré, Rocha studied at Lisbon University. His work, influenced by absurdism, uses uncompromising language and arresting and often disturbing visual and gestural elements to explore his characters’ attempt to resolve their dilemmas. His awards include Grand Prix of Theatre for The Third Floor (1998), Eixo Atlantico award for Dramatical Texts for Six Women under Surveillance (1999), and the Portuguese Author Society’s Theatre Award in 2004.