Terminal (The State of the World)

The show centres around the double meaning of the word “terminal”.

Whereas, on the one hand, it refers to the idea of the end, it also relates to the idea of interface, of connection to something else, to another dimension, to another language. While focusing on the death of a particular vision of humanity found in the devastation of nature everywhere – this shameless celebration of the human being while everything burns – we also travel through the portal of the future to glimpse what might be a new cosmogony emerging in the face of the threat of human extinction.

Four actors and two musicians inhabit this terminal and tell us its story, before the end arrives. All are looking for ways out. As they invent them, they delay the end of the world.

What will we do when the world goes up in flames?



Terminal (The State of the World) is the second show in a diptych on the climate crisis that began in 2021 with The State of the World (When You Wake Up), and was preceded by an extensive research process in the Portuguese territory throughout 2023.

available for touring

Upcoming dates

  • 4 July 2024,
    Festival de Almada (PT)
  • 15 to 21 July 2024,
    Festival d'Avignon (Avignon, FR) Premiere in France
  • 5 October 2024,
    23 Milhas / Fábrica das Ideias (Ílhavo, PT)
  • 27 October 2024,
    Teatro Nacional São João (Oporto, PT)
  • 15 November 2024,
    ACERT (Tondela, PT)
  • 20 to 23 November 2024,
    Thêatre du Point du Jour (Lyon, FR)


Miguel Fragata


Inês Barahona

Translation in English for surtitles

Madalena Caramona


Anabela Almeida, Carla Galvão, Miguel Fragata, Vasco Barroso and (musicians) Hélder Gonçalves and Manuela Azevedo


Hélder Gonçalves (composition) and Inês Barahona (lyrics)


Eric da Costa

Light design

Rui Monteiro

Costume design

José António Tenente

Director’s assistant

Beatriz Brito

Motion assistance

Victor Hugo Pontes

Set construction

Eric da Costa, João Salgado, José Pedro Sousa and Paula Hespanha

Sound design

Nelson Carvalho and Tiago Correia

Technical direction

Luís Ribeiro and Nuno Figueira

Executive production

Luna Rebelo and Sofia Bernardo



Formiga Atómica


Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre du Point du Jour, Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, Teatro Nacional São João, Cine-Teatro São Pedro de Alcanena, Lavrar o Mar, RTP – Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, Teatro Municipal de Ourém, Teatro Virgínia, Teatro Viriato, Trigo Limpo teatro ACERT

Coproduction – research

Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Centro Cultural do Cartaxo, Comédias do Minho, Companhia Mascarenhas-Martins, Município de Mértola, Município de Setúbal

With support from

CEA – Centro de Experimentação Artística, SDivine Fátima Hotel – Congress & Spirituality, Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista, Teatro Meridional


La FabricA du Festival d’Avignon


António Leitão, Bruno Melo/Gate7, David Palma, Diogo Pires/SAFRA, Josué Maia, Marina Almeida, SDivine Fátima Hotel – Congress & Spirituality, Tiago Coelho/RSC Xpress


Portuguese, surtitled in French and English




Teatro Municipal de Ourém, 6th April 2024

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