The play takes place on a small stretch of coastline. The ambience is miserable and dreary in a pub full of sailors drinking cheap drinks, but the atmosphere is relaxed.
Valeri Lekov focuses on the tragic fate of a Roma woman who works as a chef in the kitchen of the pub, but at the same time helps her guests, doing all the jobs a man does. She is insolent, quick-witted and temperamental and is often referred to as the ‘male girl’. The characters have no names; the heroine is ‘She’, her partner is ‘He’. A female figure and two ghost figures also appear in the drama; they comment on events and provide a conceptual commentary.
Through discussion with a guest (‘He’), the heroine reveals her life story. She is a Roma woman who had never seen her father. Her mother died when she was five years old, and, just like all other decent girls, she was married at the age of fifteen to the most handsome boy in the neighbourhood. She was also a beauty, but her in-laws decided she needed to be educated. After her education (and the birth of three children, and catching her husband cheating and promptly divorcing him), she explains that she had always wanted to be an actress. She acted in a theatre, where she found her second husband, a director, who later tries raping her daughter from her first marriage. She picks herself up again, buys the pub in which she is now standing, and gets on with her life. Her interviewer, He, presents himself as a prisoner who escaped from an island. By the end of the play we learn that he is actually a film director who secretly recorded a documentary film about Her, her fate, her obsession, her courage. [the_00369, photo, right align]
The ghosts speak of the unspeakable stereotypes and convey the inner ideas of the play, including on the current political situation in Bulgaria and the attitudes of politicians towards the Roma, raising awareness in the public through their commentary.