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Common People
a performance by: Gianina Cărbunariu
Stage design and video: Mihai Păcurar
Music: Bobo Burlăcianu
Video documentation: Veioza Arte - Tania Cucoreanu, Andrei Ioniță
Cast: Florin Coşuleţ, Mariana Mihu, Ioan Paraschiv, Ofelia Popii, Dana Taloș, Marius Turdeanu
“Most of the whistleblowers didn’t even know what a whistleblower was before they became one. They were just good employees who cared about their work and that is why they found it normal to speak out when things were going wrong in their place of work. They didn’t act for their own benefit, but in the public interest. They didn’t make a complaint regarding an injustice happening to them, but they reported injustice, corruption and abuse in a system. After they blow the whistle, these ordinary people, instead of being rewarded by society, found themselves in an absurd situation: bullied by their employers, made to look like criminals to the eye of their colleagues, isolated by their co-workers, fighting with legislation that didn’t actually protect them, unable to get another job because their reputations were discredited. Under this huge pressure, people lost their careers, jobs, health, homes, and in some cases even families. Nevertheless, they never gave up because they knew that they took the right moral decision in a limited situation where they were pushed to make a choice.
Whistleblowers have always existed, but the technological changes of the last decade have given new possibilities of going public (internet, media) and played a huge role in exposing such cases to a large audience. What is still missing in the picture is clear legislation that might protect them and even reward their attitude instead of punishing them. The project reunites 8 cases of whistleblowers from Italy, England and Romania, European countries with various contexts and legislation on whistleblowing.” (Gianina Cărbunariu)
Performance presented in Romanian, with translation into English.
Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 12.
With special thanks to the whistleblowers: Ornella Piredda, Ciro Rinaldi, Sharmila Chowdhury, Eileen Chubb, Ian Foxley, Alin Goga, Claudiu Țutulan, Liviu Costache
The performance is realized in the framework of Be SpectACTive!, a project co-financed by Creative Europe, of which TNRS is a partner for the period 2014-2018. Other partner structures are: Capotrave/Kilowatt Festival Sansepolcro (IT), Bakelit Multi Art Center Budapest (HU), B-51 Ljubljana (SL), Domino - Perforacije Festival - Zagreb (HR), London International Festival of Theatre (UK), Tanec Praha (CZ), York Citizens Theatre Royal (UK).

      © Adrian Bulboacă