Some like comfort, some like justice. Ordinary brave people

In a world were comfort seems to be one of the main priorities, there also people that seek justice before their own comfort putting at stake their own safety, health and lives. As far as I am nostalgic about an era I never got the chance to experiences, the 30s, because I felt that the truth was not that hard to tell in those day,  I feel really blessed when I come accross perfomances made not for the sake of art but to really make a difference in society, to shake something within the audience, to touch senses in another way that has been done before.

After each of her shows I got the tremendous chance of seeing, I was really glad that someone close to my age, a woman, had the courage to tell through theater the brave stories of people that did not shut their eyes to injustice. To stand for integrity in a world that is disintegrating seems likely to a sentence to injustice for your whole following lives. The stories which writer and director Gianina Cărbunariu chose to portray on stage are real life stories and their protagonists are real people who because of their not acceptance of wrong doings, made them face the world. When in fact, the world was facing them, because they could not stand the truth or admit the wrong doing. It is appalling how wrong seems to be more present in most human lives than right. Righteousness is a hard thing to do and to carry on on a daily basis, while wrogness is easy and it can even take the role of truth…

Constantin Chiriac: We are discussing Ordindary people, a show created by Gianina Cărbunariu and Mihai Burlăceanu within an European project starting from what whistleblowers mean in today’s Europe. We deeply hope that this initiative of the National Theater from Sibiu, Gianina Cărbunariu and the artists you saw on stage, could be replicated in other social forms so ordinary people can really have an opinion, so they can change something in they countries they live in. Unfortunately, corrpution does not only exists in Romania. Perhaps it feels more strongly here, but corruption exists everywhere and we see the fragilty of the European system.

Sharmila Chowdhury: I was contacted by a local hospital and I have been offered a job that I haven’t even applied for. They told me that they knew I was a whistleblower and that any company that is afraid of me means that they have something to hide. As far as I know am I the only National Health Service who has mananged to get back to the job that they are trained for, so I’ve been quite lucky, but part of that I think has been because I’ve been quite public. I have been continuing to embarass the government and talking on televisions. I think if you carry on fighting, I think, sometimes, you do get results. A whistle-blower is an ordinary person who finds out something is wrong and you’re just doing you’re job. At that time I just thought I was doing what is right and that I was not in any danger myself. If you ever find yourself in our position for whatever reason, it’s not just keep fighting, but stand back and look at the bigger picture, because you are not only alone, there are other people suffering. Actually fighting for others keeps you strong. So, really help others, it will help you. It’s the basic message I would give.

Constantin Chiriac: This is good news! In January when we met it was a disaster. The fact that public opinion in the UK could influence a rehiring it is an extraordinary thing. Take a look at this lady who has suffered enourmously and who still has the strength to smile, to have a sense of humour. Like all of us, the ordinary people,  that try to make good things we keep hiting the same walls.

Ian Foxley: We started an organisation to provide help and support for other whisle-blowers. And since then I’ve taken more strategic view back. I’ve applied for a position to be the national guardian to protect whistleblowers within the National Health Service. There are certain constraints on that but I don’t think that you can change the modus operandi of the organization if you stand on the outside. I think that you can actually get involved and take action. And that’s what I intend to do if I get the role. If I don’t get the role I think that I will find something else to do I’m sure. Anyone of you can be a whistleblower it’s just awaits the kind of divine intervention for you to get the opportunity to make that decision. You inherit the society that you deserve. If you allow mal practice, corruption, abuse to go on and you stand and just watch and do nothing, then you will live in that society. And when that choice comes to you, you are to decide whether you live in that society going forward or wheter you want to be a part of a movement that changes that society. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re in England or in Romania or in Bulgaria or in Italy. The same principle applies. You inherit the society that you deserve for your country. Thank you very much and thank you to the National Theater on behalf of the whistleblowers for giving a platform to something which is universal it’s accross the world. And more voices need to be made, more stories to be heard. And if we see more plays, if we hear about it, we discuss it, we will bring about change and that’s what we have to do.

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