fringe dates - 24-27 June
Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival

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Ana Mendes

Where were your born?
Whatís your nationality?
Are you sexual active?
Do you go to the toilet regularly?
Are there any diseases in your family?
Who had cancer?
Please answer the question.

Self-Portrait is a play about my identity. Over the years, I collected my personal records (medical examinations, radiographies, vaccines) and wondered whatís the role that our heritage plays in our life. It could be an interrogatory, an inquiry or, even, a manifesto against all the questionnaires that we have to answer during our lives, but it isnít. It is just a self-portrait. Perhaps, an automatic self-portrait.

Ana Mendes is a playwright and director.

Ana graduated in Communication Sciences from the University of Beira Interior, in Portugal, and later enrolled in a cinema course at the School La PoudriŤre, in France.

She is a published writer in Portugal, France, Brazil and Switzerland.

Her plays have been performed in England, Portugal, France and Ireland.

She has directed a number of experimental films, shown in several festivals worldwide - Ukraine, Croatia, Hungary, Scotland and China (Shangai World Exhibition 2010).

She is currently studying for an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College in London.


age 14+

40 mins