The State of the World (When You Wake Up)

From the butterfly effect to “think global, act local”, the show looks at the climate crisis as a portrait of the world.

How can we fight global warming when so many familiar tools and seemingly innocuous everyday gestures contribute to polluting the planet? To what extent can a toaster, a hairdryer or a minibar, or even the simple act of buttering a slice of bread, be the cause of natural disasters such as wildfires, sandstorms or tsunamis? We look at the things we take for granted to underscore the fact that the environmental crisis is not a reality that concerns us only from afar, but rather how much, in fact, it is part of our everyday lives.

Time never stands still.



The State of the World (When You Wake Up) is the first show of a diptych on the climate crisis, concluded in 2024 with the show Terminal (The State of the World).

available for touring

Upcoming dates

  • 6 to 8 September 2024,
    Festival MIRADA (Santos,BR)
  • 24 October 2024,
    Teatro Cine de Gouveia (PT)
  • 29 to 30 October 2024,
    Teatro Viriato, Viseu (PT) Atomic Occupation, 10th anniversary of Formiga Atómica
  • 22 November 2024,
    Teatro-Cine de Torres Vedras (PT)


Miguel Fragata


Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata


Edi Gaspar


Eric da Costa


Fernando Mota

Light design

José Álvaro Correia


José António Tenente


João Gambino

Prop design

Eric da Costa, José Pedro Sousa, Mariana Fonseca and Rita Vieira (graphic design)


Guilherme Martins

Set construction

Gate 7

Technical direction

Renato Marinho


Henrique Frazão

Executive production

Luna Rebelo and Ana Lobato



Formiga Atómica


LU.CA – Teatro Luís de Camões, Comédias do Minho, Materiais Diversos and Théâtre de la Ville – Paris


Ana Pereira, Andreia Luís, Beatriz Castanheira, Carlos Félix/Decolab, Carlos Miguel/IMPERSOL, Dalila Romão, David Palma, Dina Mendonça, Elisabete Pinto, Joana Ascensão, João Ribeiro, Lara Soares, Maria Mestre, Mónica Talina, Paulo Teixeira/Fablab EDP, Raquel Castro, Rita Conduto, Susana Gaspar

Portuguese, French and Spanish

50 min

Target audiences
All audiences 6+

Portuguese version | LU.CA – Teatro Luís de Camões, 11th November 2021

French version | Théatre de la Ville – Paris, 23rd March 2022

Spanish version | Festival TEATRALIA – Madrid, 23rd March 2023