For almost two centuries, the mine in the northern Portuguese town of São Pedro da Cova was the main source of income for local families. Decommissioned in 1970, it became a dumping ground in 2001 for toxic waste from the steelwork factory run by Siderurgia Nacional in Maia, jeopardising public health. To this day, the waste has not been completely removed.
This artistic project uses theatre practice to promote reflection and dialogue between the generation of former miners and younger generations, who were not yet born when the incident took place, providing them with a space for training, enjoyment and joint artistic creation.
This work with the community of São Pedro da Cova resulted in two plays – A Mina and Tribunal Mina – presented at venues such as the São João National Theatre and Culturgest.
With artistic coordination by actor and director André Amálio, this project is supported by the 1st edition of the PARTIS & Art for Change initiative.