António Pedro


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(1909–66) Portuguese poet, painter, playwright, director, designer, and critic. After some crucial years abroad (Paris, 1934–5, London, 1944–5), participating in major art exhibitions, Pedro's career was divided between Lisbon and Oporto. After 1953 his experiments with surrealism and theoretical work on the theatre came to fruition with the northern TEP (Porto Experimental Theatre). Committed to political resistance, Pedro strove to create a critical audience, combating the traditionalist, parochial nationalism of mid-century bourgeois taste. He introduced new playwrights, namely Bernardo Santareno, wrote essays and reviews, a few plays, a treatise on directing, and pioneered a drama programme for television.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.

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