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A family celebration in the countryside, in a grove of cork oaks. People eat and drink and joke around at a large outdoor table. Apparently a shimmering summer idyll. But something is wrong. The family has gathered to celebrate a bloody, archaic ritual. For several generations, their relatives have been coming together to commemorate the murder of Catarina Eufémia.



The illiterate farm worker was murdered by henchmen of the Salazar dictatorship in 1954 while fighting for higher wages, leaving behind three orphans. In order to avenge this injustice, every year at the summer family reunion, as the title says, “the beauty of killing fascists” is demonstrated. To do this, a specimen of that species is first kidnapped by a selected family member, then shot in front of the entire family and buried in the garden.


But what happens to the heroic traditions when a young humanist generation of Catarinas suddenly boycotts the naked, bloody violence? What if her sister, as a vegan, spurns traditional meat dishes when eating? What if, when you pull the trigger, moral doubts suddenly prevent you from firing? And what if the opponents took advantage of this very ethical dilemma to take off and end freedom?


»Is violence legitimate to improve the world? Can the rules of democracy be broken with the stated aim of defending them?" asks Tiago Rodrigues. Instead of an answer, he presents the consequences of the question on stage as a dramatic paradox that is both lucid and grotesquely fabulous. In doing so, he creates an evening of theater that challenges the audience and their own inner contradictions to the point of pain - and precisely at the moment when the 50th anniversary of the Portuguese Revolution and the end of fascism in Europe should be celebrated, the threat arises makes all of Europe tangible.
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