“Space Oddities” show to mark 10th anniversary of Play in the Parque

This year’s Play in the Parque will take place on Friday, July 1 in the Parque de Merendas in the Barão de São João forest.

The annual community theatre event in the park, with an ever-growing cast of over 50 people, including children and adults of all ages and nationalities, is written and produced by the teachers and students of Aljezur International School, and is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The show, “Space Oddities”, is named after the cocktail bar at the end of the universe in which the action takes place.

The play begins with Halogram, a depressed hologram, who announces on the Intergalactic News that a new planet has been discovered. An assortment of local aliens, some familiar sci-fi favourites and some new species, are excited by the discovery and try to lay claim to the planet for themselves.

Their plans are thwarted, however, when the evil Daft Vader and his apprentice Mini Vader arrive and announce their plans to start fracking on the new planet. The aliens unite and, with much fun and frivolity, show Daft Vader that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated at this end of the universe. The main action is, as always, infused with cabaret acts, song and dance.

The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association (ASMAA) will be on hand at the event, giving information and answering questions about fracking activities in the Algarve.

The proceeds from this year’s Play in the Parque will be donated to Alwan Kindergarten, situated near Idlib in Syria.

Students of Aljezur International have been in regular contact with the kindergarten and recently discovered that the school is frequently without electricity to run vital equipment as fuel supplies are often cut off from the area. The target is to raise €1,000 which will be sufficient to buy and install an adequate solar power system.

The event begins with a barbecue and refreshments at 5pm, and the show starts at 7.30pm.