Black, Blacker, Romani

Rakastajat Theatre

2020 Programme

A look, an image, a thought. A word, an act, a consequence.

Black, Blacker, Romani – written and directed by Elina Izarra Ollikainen – examines the effect of gaze on a person. By bringing many decades’ worth of beautiful and gruesome encounters on stage, this very personal piece addresses the history and everyday life of Romani people from all over the world and exposes the underlying value conflicts in both the majority and Romani culture.

Despite the brutality of its subject matter, the worldwide discrimination against the Romani people, Black, Blacker, Romani is infused with laughter, warmth, dance and positive energy – the sort of mix of candor and irony that forces the audience to confront and reconsider their perceptions of a minority.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary next year, the Pori-based Rakastajat Theatre aims to provide its audiences with courageous, uncompromising and thought-provoking one-room productions spiced with humor and a touch of madness. With its blend of fact and fiction, Black, Blacker, Romani hits the mark perfectly.