by Rogério Correa



Claustrophobia is a story about the isolation and alienation of contemporary urban life told from three different points of view, in three different languages.


The work was conceived as a triptych, a work comprised of three monologues, showing parallel stories of people who work in an office building:


Marcelo, a poor immigrant, works as a lift operator, pushing buttons in a metallic box all day, day after day. In his tedious job, he feels completely isolated and alienated from everything and everyone.


Stella, a business executive, is on her first day in a new post, building strategies to manipulate people and project the “strong but caring woman” image that she believes is essential to bring her to the top, without realising that all her plans are soon to come crashing down.


And Webberson is a young black man who is frustrated at being a doorman and compensates for the dissatisfaction with his job by tormenting the lift operator, the only person who is under him in the building’s social structure.


However, due to the tragic passing of the actor Lionel Macauley, the play was adapted to a double monologue with inserts of the work already filmed of Lionel.