Roller Coaster

A show in which theatre and music fight for the stage, mocking the conventions of “musical theatre”, while also defying the laws of gravity in the loops of the roller coaster.

A dizzying immersion into the world of adolescence. The performance seeks to move away from clichés to touch on a more intimate dimension. A secret, private, inner dimension that falls prey to the desire to get up on stage and show off to the public.

This show is like a diary left on the table. A diary that’s about to be divulged on social media, or a diary perilously brought to school: an intimacy that screams “read me!”, a generation that wants to be heard – to the sound of music.

available for touring

Upcoming dates

  • 31 October 2024,
    Teatro Viriato (Viseu, PT) Atomic Occupation, 10th anniversary of Formiga Atómica

Miguel Fragata
Text and lyrics
Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata
Hélder Gonçalves 
Anabela Almeida, Bernardo Lobo Faria, Carla Galvão, Miguel Fragata and (musicians) Hélder Gonçalves, Manuela Azevedo, Miguel Ferreira, Nuno Rafael
Marta Silva
Light design
José Álvaro Correia
Set design
F. Ribeiro
Costume design
José António Tenente
Henrique Frazão
Sound design
Nelson Carvalho

Technical direction
Nuno Figueira
Norberto Duque
Executive production
Clara Antunes and Sara Cipriano


Formiga Atómica
Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Nacional São João and Teatro Virgínia
Coproduction – research
Festival Terres de Paroles
With support from
DB Schenker, MadPizza
Financial support
República Portuguesa – Cultura | DGArtes – Direção-Geral das Artes

Portuguese, with surtitles


Target audiences
All audiences 12+

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, 9th March 2018