Erdbeerwaisen/ Căpşunile şi Orfanii/ Strawberry Orphans

A journey to an abandoned generation in Romania

The name STRAWBERRY ORPHANS has been given to a generation of children in Romania; everyone there knows its meaning. They are EU orphans – 400,000 children whose parents have left the country to work in the West. The children are mostly looked after by their grandparents or neighbours or are left alone. The generation of parents, approximately a fifth of the working Romanian population, finance not only their own families but also substantially prop up the state economy. A new global low wage class has been created by these modern migrant workers, invisible in everyday life in Germany. These are the people who clean our houses, look after our parents and harvest our strawberries.

When almost a whole generation searching for work migrates, what are the consequences on family and social structures in Romania? What happens to the generation of grandparents who support the family right to the end? Who holds responsibility for these European work models?

"I don’t know how long they will stay away for. I also don’t know exactly what they do. Yesterday we spoke, on the telephone."

STRAWBERRY ORPHANS is a werkgruppe2 production commissioned by National Theatre Marin Sorescu Craiova and Staatstheaters Braunschweig for the Internationals Cooperationsprojekt „The Art of Ageing“ of European Theatre Convention

28. September 2014
Teatrul National

23.Oktober 22014

directing: Julia Roesler 
scenery and costumes: Damian Adrian
music: Kim Efert
dramaturgy: Silke Merzhäuser, Axel Preuss

28. September 2014 (Preview am 27.09.2014)
Teatrul National Craiova

23.Oktober 2014 um 19.30 Uhr
Staatstheater Braunschweig

Other showings: 
1.10.2014          Sibiu
2. + 3.10.2014   Brasov
4.10.2014          Bukarest

23.10.2014        Braunschweig

24.10.2014        Göttingen,
                        Junges Theater

27./28.10.2014    Braunschweig
6./7.11.2014        Braunschweig

Fotos: Volker Beinhorn

Mit: Gabriela Baciu, Gina Calinoiu, Sven Hönig, Oliver Simon und Kim Efert (Musik)

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