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September 18, 2021

“Strawberry Orphans”, by the State Theatre of Braunschweig, Germany, at the Nottara Theatre

“Strawberry Orphans”, an outstanding performance produced by the Marin Sonescu national theatre in partnership with the State Theatre of Braunschweig (Germany), is scheduled this Saturday, starting at 7:00 PM, at the “George Constantin” Hall of the Nottara Theatre in Bucharest, a press release sent to MEDIAFAX announces.
A production of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre of Craiova, in partnership with the State Theatre of Braunschweig, Germany and werkgruppe2, the performance will be followed by a debate on the issue of emmigration and of generations of Romanian children whose parents had left Romania in order to work in countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece and Germany.
The cast includes Gabriela Baciu, Gina Calinoiu, Sven Honig, Oliver Simon and Kim Efert (musician). The show is directed by Julia Roesler, the scenery was created by Adrian Damian and the music was composed by Kim Efert.
Year by year, many children are raised in the absence of their parents, families are shattered as people leave the country in search of a better life and other people are left behind, waiting for survival.
The title “Strawberry Orphans” (“Erdbeerwaisen” in German) defines a generation of Romanian children whose parents have migrated in order to work in countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece and Germany. The title hints to the nickname “capsunari” (meaning strawberry pickers”, used to point out Romanians searching work abroad, although they are working as carers for elderly people, seasonal employees, construction workers, employees of shipbuilding yards or butcheries.
It is estmated that 5,000,000 Romanians work abroad. The performance “Strawberry Orphans” questions the price of the parents’ absence. How are families reorganized? Who overtakes the duties of absent parents? Who can replace them? Where are they most intensely missed? What is the long term emotional impact of their absence upon children, as well as upon the entire family?
In 2013, during September and November, the artists’ team of werkgruppe2 worked with several NGOs and got acquainted with numerous cases in Craiova and Dolj County. The interviews they conducted then revealed the everyday life of families in such circumstances. The text of the performance is the exclusive result of conversations with children, grandparents and relatives. The results were depicted in a script that reveals touching aspects of their everyday life, as well as issues related to Romania’s entrance in the EU and its consequences.

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