The banker always wins twice
We Spanish don’t have that many things to tell the Greeks about the Crisis that they don’t already know.
Both countries and both peoples underwent (and are still trying to recover from) a harsh ordeal which confirmed (yet again) that taking care of the ordinary people doesn’t figure among the priorities of governments or large corporations. It’s no surprise that the Crisis has left a lot of poor people in its wake in Spain. What is surprising, though, is that it has also made a significant number of people rich. Which is to say it has boosted both extremes, increasing inequality, desperation, social abuse and the inequality gap in a society which had been relatively balanced until then.
Those suffocated by unemployment and the loss of the value of their labour serve to remind us once again that the only way to face up to disaster is for the weak to join forces. Not against the powerful any longer (which wouldn’t be a bad thing), but with each other, to deal with adversity together.
Our Greek and Spanish communities have shown themselves capable of empathy and cooperation as families and neighbours have had to fill the gap left by states and governments incapable of rising to the occasion.
This is what this play, which was written in the darkest days of the Crisis by two playwrights who found themselves on the street, is all about. They saw what they saw, heard what they heard, and decided to put everything their fellow citizens were suffering onto the stage. With humour, but with anger too.
Ignacio del Moral
Translation: Maria Chatziemmanouil
Direction: Dimitris Sakatzis
Sets-Costumes: Maria Kavalioti
Music: Dimitris Oikonomou
Lighting: Giannis Toumpas
Video: Vasilis Kommatas
Director’s Assistant: Christoforos Mariadis
Production Photography: Tasos Thomoglou
Production Coordinators: Maria Lazaridou, Marleen Verschuuren
Marga: Natasa Daliaka
Bart: Konstantinos Chatzisavvas
Robledo: Kostas Santas
Jasmine: Eleni Giannousi
Felix: Christos Ntaraktsis
Co-operation with the Municipality of Kalamaria