Fado – The Saddest Music in the World: In Concert

Puente Theatre
Fado - The Saddest Music in the World: In Concert
Intrepid Presents
  • Dates: Nov 26, 2021 - Nov 27, 2021
  • Location: Metro Studio Theatre
  • Created: Elaine Ávila
  • Advance price: Single seats $25; Tables of 2, $50; Tables of 4, $100
  • Duration: 75 minutes + intermission
  • Rating: PG14+
  • Genre: In concert; cabaret; musical theatre
  • Country: Victoria, BC


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Intrepid Theatre is thrilled to announce new dates for this concert presentation of the 2018 Fringe smash-hit and winner of the inaugural JAYMAC Outstanding Production Award, Puente Theatre’s Fado, The Saddest Music in the World.

This in concert performance is not the full production of the show, just the musical excerpts and some narration. This presentation runs 75 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission and comprises two parts: the music from the show, followed by a Fado concert featuring Sara Marreiros. 

“This excellent production from Victoria’s Puente Theatre, directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, retraces some familiar tropes of the immigrant experience while beautifully unearthing the particulars of these characters.”

-Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun

Acclaimed Portuguese-Canadian playwright Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, is a tale of love and ghosts set in the back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon.  Part concert, part theatre, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s Fascist past and her own identity is interwoven with the heartbreaking national music of Portugal known as Fado, which means “fate.”

The hit of the Victoria Fringe in 2018, Fado won the Award for Favourite Musical, with BC’s own beloved Sara Marreiros playing the ghost of Amália Rodrigues, the queen of Fado, and played a sold-out run at Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre.


A Puente Theatre & Firehall Arts Centre Co-Production
Written by: Elaine Ávila
Directed by: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Performances by: Sara Marreiros, Judd Palmer, Pedro Siqueira, Dan Weisenburger, & Ken Hall
Original Production Costume & Set Design by: Patricia Reilly
Original Production Lighting Design by: Emma Dickerson
Original Production Sound Design by: Aidan Dunsmuir

Digital program and artist bios can be found HERE.

About the company
Puente Theatre is dedicated to celebrating our country’s cultural diversity through theatrical experience.  Since its founding in 1988, Puente has created, produced, translated, toured, and presented professional theatre from the perspective of people outside of the mainstream, bringing people together across boundaries, and exploring what it means to forge a future for our planet made out of billions of different and utterly unique identities.

The Firehall Theatre Society/Firehall Arts Centre is celebrating its 38th season of bringing theatre and dance works from diverse cultural and indigenous heritages to the stage.  We support the development of new plays, musicals and choreographies in our intimate black box theatre in downtown Vancouver. We are honoured to have worked with Puente Theatre on this joint production of Elaine Avila’s Fado, The Saddest Music in the World.



Please indicate any accessibility needs, including wheelchair accessible seating or if you require seating with no stairs, in the provided field, and we will make sure to assign seating that works for you. Note that most tables are on tiered risers accessed up stairs.

Single seats are spaced out and fixed to the floor, and are not able to be moved together.


Vaccination Passport: All patrons aged 12+ are required to show proof of vaccination. To meet the legal requirements of the PHO, staff at the theatre will ask to see proof of vaccination and one piece of valid government-issued photo identification for all ticket holders in your party. Patrons can show their BC Vaccine Card either digitally or as a paper copy, or an out of province proof of vaccination. Note, photo ID is only required for patrons aged 19+.

All BC residents are able to access their vaccine cards by downloading your digital QR proof of vaccination gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.

When you arrive at The Metro Studio to see a show, please be patient, and a staff member will check the vaccine card and photo ID for all members of your group before you enter the theatre. Be prepared by having your BC Vaccine Card QR code ready to display (or any proof of vaccination if from out of Province) along with your ID before proceeding to the box office tent.

Masks: Masks are required inside the theatre at all times, unless you are actively drinking, then it may be removed temporarily to drink.

Refunds: If you are not feeling well, please stay home to help keep everyone safe. We are able to discuss refunds on a case by case basis due to health reasons only. Please contact 250 383 2663 or tickets@intrepidtheatre.com.  We are unable to arrange refunds after a performance has occurred, so you must contact us beforehand.


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