Journey to the centre of the earth


Writen by:
  • Jules Verne
Translated and adapted by:
  • Gustavo Bicalho
Directed by:
  • Gustavo Bicalho
  • Henrique Gonçalves
  • Cid Borges
  • Edeilton Medeiros
  • Kátia Kamello
  • Nilton Marques
Freely adapted from Jules Verne’s masterpiece, the early cinema from the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès was the primary inspiration to the play's aesthetics. 
The show uses a variety of narrative techniques; it mixes shadow theatre, puppets and projections to tell the story of the renowned Teacher Lindenbrock, who at the end of the 19th century, goes on an adventurous trip towards the center of the earth, accompanied by his nephew Axel and an Icelandic guide called Hans. 
During the adventure, the characters have to fight against obstacles like an enormous underground sea that hides monsters and a giant mushroom forest that holds prehistoric beings.

Rated G
Creative Staff:
Musical research: Gustavo Bicalho
Movement director: Paulo Mazzoni
Acting coach: Lorena da Silva
Puppet movement choreographer and coach: Márcio Nascimento
Light designer: Alexandre Nazareth
Costume design and props: Fernanda Sabino and Henrique Gonçalves
Make-up artist: Nilton Marques
Set design, set props and puppets: Karlla de Luca
Video Team:
Direction and editing: Gustavo Bicalho
Video wizard: Luiz Henrique Ratts
Actor: Francisco Cavanellas Mazzoni
Art of painting: Renata de Luca
Light designer assistent: Isabel Azevedo
Light operator: Poliana Pinheiro
Sound operator: César Amorim
Costume pattern cutter: Glória Tranjan
Seamstress: Zeny Gonçalves
Shoemaker: Ernesto Spain
Wig and beard: Maria Gomes
Set design assistant and props: Edeilton Medeiros
Set Builder: Roberto de Luca
Marketing Team:
Video and graphic design: Gustavo Bicalho
Banner photo: José M. Góes
Photography: Carolina Ribeiro, Jackeline Nigri and Marcelo Seixas
PR: Evandro Rius
Media agency: Artesanal Produções
Production Staff:
Production manager: Henrique Gonçalves
Producers: Cid Borges e Marta Paiva
Year of production: Artesanal Cia. de Teatro/2005

The stage is taken by a world of astonishing objects, references from old times, beautiful and finely made costumes, overwhelming scenic compositions and charming theatrical tricks.

Tânia Brandão / FIT São José do Rio Preto - Critique/Review