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Theatre plays host to Romanian company

Theatre plays host to Romanian company
Theatre plays host to Romanian company

York Theatre Royal is currently part of a new European project, BeSpectACTive! The project is a network of 9 theatres and 3 universities across 9 different European countries, interested in audience development through the active involvement of spectators.

As part of the project, the theatre will play host to a number of European theatre companies and artists-in-residence as they research and create new pieces of work.  This work is in discussion with and in response to people in our community.

At present a Romanian theatre group is working at York Theatre Royal, led by director Gianina Carbunariu. The group is creating a new piece of theatre based on the experiences of whistleblowers and has been interviewing people who have blown the whistle within the NHS. 

There will be a sharing of this work in progress to an invited audience on Wednesday 9 September at 7pm in the De Grey Rooms Ballroom. The performance is called Common People and will be presented in Romanian with English subtitles, with chance to discuss the work with the artists and director afterwards.

Director Gianina Carbunariu is an internationally recognised Romanian director.  She made her theatre debut in 2003 with a show called Stop the tempo and her productions have been invited to festivals such as the London International Festival of Theatre, Festival TransAmeriques (Montreal), Nitra Festival, Biennale New Plays (Wiesbaden) and New Drama (Moscow).

Speaking of Common People Gianina said:

In a time where austerity measures are taken and the old systems are confronting new challenges, there are few people who don’t hesitate to express their way of thinking. Faciani or Snowden are the cases more discussed by the international media. If we search through local press there are people who are denouncing irregularities in many fields of our society.  The project Common People aims to research through interviews with whistleblowers from different countries, to create a fictional work based on our meeting with these people and with their stories and to open public discussions with the audiences participating at the event.

BeSpectACTive! is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.