Three women from three cultures meet unceremoniously in a detention cell to reveal shared hardships and a shared wish: asylum in Austria. The performance, though fiction, carries reality within it, as the migration of each of the three main actresses’ families provided the basis for different aspects of the play. The women’s first experiences in the ‘land of freedom’ question the morality of the practices of the ‘all-knowing West’. The inhumane treatment and male brutality from which these Iranian, Kosovar Romani and Syrian women escaped continue during hours of interrogations. The role of the traffickers themselves is dissected and questioned: are they criminals or conquerors? Illiterate translators and deceptive communication strategies line the path in front of the refugees, who in turn give voice to the question: is this how human beings in this position should be treated? With vehemence, the characters are determined to prove the system wrong and bring the audience to the position of being able to embody the emotions that are so ferociously manifested, straight from the hearts of this first-class cast.
Rights held by: Marianne Strauhs | Licensed and Provided by: Sandra and Simonida Selimvović | Licensed under: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International
ProductionJan. 26, 2015
- Romano Svato (Production Company) (Vienna, Austria)
- Sandra Selimović (Director) (Vienna)
- Marianne Strauhs (Author)