Fake revolves around the real-life character Norma B., a writer of rather mediocre romance novels. Her bibliography includes a curious title: “How to Murder Your Husband”, a novel about the different ways to kill a husband and getting away with it. It was this very novel that earned her a certain notoriety, as a few years after writing it, Norma B. was arrested and accused of killing her own husband – a famous chef.

Norma B. was tried in the court of public opinion, without the opportunity to speak out, as if what she had written were irrefutable proof of her guilt.

The texts she wrote to give voice to her characters, her creatures, were ascribed to their creator, her every move monitored across social media, a close-up of a photo of Norma B. carrying a garbage bag appears, according to her neighbours, to confirm everything. For the world’s press, the author of such a novel could only have very bad intentions.

The truth is obvious, or is it?

available for touring

Miguel Fragata
Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata
Translation in English for surtitles
Patrícia Azevedo da Silva
Anabela Almeida, Carla Galvão, Duarte Guimarães, João Nunes Monteiro and Beatriz Batarda, Isabel Abreu or Sandra Faleiro
Cast on video
Beatriz Batarda, Cirila Bossuet, Isabel Abreu, Madalena Almeida, Márcia Breia, Sandra Faleiro, Sílvia Filipe and Teresa Madruga
Tiago Guedes and João Gambino (direction), Bernardo Santos and Francisco Romão (camara men)
Set design
Henrique Ralheta
Costume design
José António Tenente
Light design
Rui Monteiro
Hélder Gonçalves
Sound design
Nelson Carvalho and Tiago Correia
Technical direction
Cláudia Rodrigues and Luís Ribeiro
Set construction
Thomas Kahrel
Mariana Rosa and Rita Vieira
Executive production
Clara Antunes and Luna Rebelo


Formiga Atómica
Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Nacional São João and Cineteatro Louletano
Financial support
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Centro Cultural de Belém, Pólo Cultural das Gaivotas | Boavista, Companhia Olga Roriz
With support from
ETIC – Escola de Tecnologias, Inovação e Criação
Eric da Costa, Freepik.com, Hospital das Bonecas, José Maria Senart, Manuel Silva, Nome Próprio, Nuno Madeira, Silvestre Borges

Portuguese, surtitled in English


Centro Cultural do Cartaxo, 17th October 2020 [within Rede Eunice Ageas / TNDM II]


Related activities: