The cast of ‘The Great Pretenders’ - Photo: PETER KAIN

The Great Pretenders performances at São Brás Museum

By popular request, ‘The Great Pretenders’, a comic entertainment about Britain’s involvement in the downfall of the Portuguese monarchy – will be staged again at São Brás Museum. Set during a dramatic period of Portuguese history, it tells a story based on fact.

With a cast of 12, key characters include Queen Victoria (Sue Ward), Cecil Rhodes (Simon Tubb), members of the Portuguese royal family and the King’s mistress, Maria Laredo (Cheryl Gilmore).

It is a mixture of high drama and black comedy, referencing events that took place in London, Lisbon and Africa. Dressed in costumes loosely related to the time, steampunk fashions have a distinctly Victorian feel, featuring bustles, lace, décolletage, militaria and crazy top hats!

Written partly in rhyme and directed by Carolyn Kain, it has been costumed by Barbara Mountford.

Beneficiaries of the show are the Bombeiros de São Brás. Money raised is used to purchase uniforms and equipment.

To avoid disappointment, book tickets in advance – 966 329 073

Performances of ‘The Great Pretenders’

• Friday, March 11 at 7.30pm
• Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 at 4pm
Where: São Brás Museum

Tickets: €10 (public); Amigos €8