Obituary Notice – António Torrado

The writer António Torrado has died, aged 81, of a long illness.

A teacher by training, he became known throughout a long, consistent and multi-awarded career dedicated predominantly to literature for children and youth, having gained recognition for the originality of his works and the tireless way he provided the meeting with his readers, especially the youngest, having held thousands of meetings and visits to schools, colloquiums, book fairs and similar, over more than five decades of literary activity.

Considered one of the most important contemporary Portuguese authors, António Torrado has also distinguished himself in different writing styles, such as poetry, cinema and theatre.

In fact, and now also with nostalgia, we remember that António Torrado began his carrer as a playwright at Teatro do Noroeste – Centro Dramático de Viana :

– In the year 1994, he wrote The Flute Without Magic, from Mozart’s work, with staging by José Martins, music by Sérgio Echeverri and set design by Catarina Amaro;

– In 1995, he wrote A Ilustre Casa de Ramires, from the novel by Eça de Queirós, with direction by Castro Guedes;

– In 1996, from a short story by Mendez Ferrín, she wrote Terra de Lobos (Land of Wolves), bilingual text for the first professional theatrical co-production between companies from Portugal and Galicia (Northwest Theatre – CDV and Ningures Theatre), with direction by José Martins and set design by José Rodrigues;

– Also in 1996, he wrote A Rosa do Adro, from the novella by Branquinho da Fonseca, with direction by José Martins;

– In 1998, he adapted the greatest work of Camilo Castelo Branco and wrote Amores de Perdição (Amores de Perdição), with staging by José Martins and participation of the concert performer Augusto Gonçalves, currently known as Augusto Canário;

– In 2006, also commissioned by the Teatro do Noroeste – Centro Dramático de Viana, from As Aventuras de João Sem Medo, he wrote Salta Para o Saco, directed by Elisabete Pinto, in what was his first staging;

– In 2010, he wrote Romeu Love Julieta, from William Shakespeare’s classic, in a children’s version directed by Castro Guedes, with masks by José Carlos Barros.

Present in Viana do Castelo and in the Municipal Theatre Sá de Miranda on several occasions, António Torrado was a master and cultivator of the Portuguese language, besides being an exceptional creator, owner of an attitude militantly dedicated to writing as a craft and master of an unwavering sympathy and elegance.

We also fondly remember how he was the author of some of the most unforgettable didascalias of Portuguese dramaturgy.

At this time when we send to António Torrado’s family and friends our most respectful condolences, we remember his words when, in one of his visits to Viana do Castelo, in contact with the public, he said it was in this river Lima that he gave his “first strokes” as playwright, with the conviction that, for him, the Lethes will not be the river of oblivion but of Eternity, keeping his work alive through generations of readers.

Viana do Castelo, June 11th 2021.

Câmara Municipal de Viana do Castelo
Teatro Municipal Sá de Miranda
Teatro do Noroeste – Centro Dramático de Viana