Actress Natália de Sousa, 73, co-founder of the theater company Teatro Ádóque, who participated in the programs “Hermanias” and “O Tal Canal”, by Herman José, died this Wednesday, actor Paulo Vasco told Lusa.
Natalie de Sousa became known as one of the “little rabbits” that accompanied the character Tony Silva, in “O Tal Canal”, a program of which she was part, integrated in the base team, led by Herman Jose, and for which he composed different characters, opposite actors such as Helena Isabel, Lídia Franco, Margarida Carpinteiro, Manuel Cavaco and Vítor de Sousa.
The actress was in the founding group of the company Ádóque – Theater Workers’ Cooperative, which built its own stage, in the square of Martim Moniz, in Lisbon, after the 25th of April. He entered the initial magazine, “Pides na Grelha”, in 1974, and in the following production, the “CIA dos Cardeais”, from 1975.
With this company his works in “A parodia” also stand out and “Ó da guarda!”, in 1977, “Chiça! This is the good government of Portugal ”and“ Paga as favas ”, from 1980 and 1981, respectively, after having acted in“ A Batalha do Colchão ”, which was on the scene in 1977, at Teatro Capitólio, also Lisbon.
In the same year, also participated in the magazine “Ó da Guarda” at Teatro ABC, and, in 1978, he was part of the cast of “Aldeia da Roupas Suja”, also produced by Vasco Morgado’s company, at Teatro Variedades, another stage at Parque Mayer, in the capital.
Here, in the early 1980s, he also entered the magazine “Não Há Nada Pra Nobody”, at Teatro Maria Vitória, where he participated, shortly after, in “Sem Rei Nem Rock”. In 1983, he entered the musical “Annie”, at the Maria Matos Theater, where he performed with Manuela Maria and Canto e Castro, among other actors.
No theater also participated in several comedies, until the mid-1990s, including “Coronel em Dois Actos”, by Jean-Jaques Bricaire and Maurice Lasaygues, adapted to Portuguese stages by Francisco Nicholson, with Alina Vaz and Camilo de Oliveira, who was on the scene for almost a year at Teatro Variedades.
In the database of the Center for Theater Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, you can also find their participation in “Filomena Marturano”, By Eduardo de Filippo, staged by José Osuna, with Mariana Rey Monteiro and Paulo Renato, premiered at Teatro Maria Matos and later extended to the larger audience of Teatro Monumental.
No cinema, was part of the cast of “A Crime of Luxury” (1991), by Artur Semedo, having played opposite Henrique Viana, Carlos Cunha, Marina Mota and the director himself.
Natalie de Sousa had regular presence on television, in the 1970s to the 1990s, particularly in Herman José’s programs, as “O Tal Canal” and “Hermanias”, and in other comedy productions such as “Lá em Casa Tudo Bem”, “As Aventuras do Camilo” and “Millionaires to the Force”.
The actress, however, also played dramatic roles, as in “O Homem que Matou o Diabo”, RTP series about the novel by Aquilino Ribeiro, produced in 1979, “Antígona”, by Jean Anouilh, filmed for public television in 1984, and “Ricardina e Marta” ( 1990), novel based on the novels of Camilo Castelo Branco.
From acting on the musical program “Pifelim”, from RTP, in the early 1970s, to the meeting of the cast of “O Tal Canal”, which Herman José undertook in 2018, in an issue of “Cá por Casa”, the name in Natália de Sousa goes through five decades Portuguese television, with a regular presence in productions ranging from “Nicolau no País das Maravilhas” (1975) and “Eu Show Nico” (1980), by Nicolau Breyner, to “Air Lino Excursions” (2018), with Rui Unas, Mário Botequilha and Filipe Homem Fonseca, for RTP1.
“Sabadabadu”, “E o Resto São Cantigas”, both from 1981, “Um Solar Alfacinha” (1990), “Não Duas Duas Três” (1998), “Médico de Família” (2000) and “As Taradas” (2003) are other productions of spectacle, comedy and fiction , which made Natália de Sousa’s face one of the most familiar across the country.
The actress lived in Setúbal and would turn 74 on the next 25th.