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  • iulia isar

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    iulia isar is a Romanian actor, theatre maker & youth worker. Her work is often a subject of tragicomedy, political theatre, clowning & the buffoon. 
    She is an associate artist of BÉZNÄ‚ Theatre, recent projects include Wipe These Tears, The People’s Tribunal on Crimes of Aggression: Afghanistan Sessions, & as assistant director on How to Break out of a Detention Centre, a co production with GIUVLIPEN at Riverside Studios. 

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    WORK IN PROGRESS
    Santiago Lago

    Cry for me

    Sat 17 June at 7.15pm
    A dystopian cabaret about migrant labour, CRY FOR ME is a carousel of migrant lament for the living dead under capitalism.
    Mattia Sedda

    Cry For Me

    Thu 23 - Sat 25 May at 9pm
    A special edition of your favourite dystopian cabaret, focusing on international crises and national problems. All profits will go towards Workers for a Free Palestine.

    Blog Posts by iulia isar

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    Posted: 09-05-2024 Tag: artist blogs

    Mourning and Migration: the living also need to be mourned

    CRY FOR ME is a dystopian cabaret that imagines a not too implausible world in which crying can be outsourced -like everything else we don’t have time for- to a cheap migrant workforce. It’s based on Romanian folk customs of wailing for the dead, where professional mourners come to funerals to cry for the deceased, exorcising grief and allowing families to feel that their personal loss is also a communal loss. Professional mourning originated as a practice in Ancient Egypt, China, the Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures, and it’s swiftly dying out around the world. In Romania, the wailers (bocitoare) are mostly older women (babe), rooted in their communities with deep, encyclopaedic knowledge of their neighbours. When these women die, the whole practice will die with them.


    Tobi King Bakare and this theatre deserve a shout-out for such a young, diverse audience. There is so much talk about audiences being full of over 60s and why, why can’t theatres get the crowds in to reflect society in general? Well, I’m happy to say that on a rainy Thursday evening, the theatre was completely full.

    Caiti Grove on Before I Go in CPT's Spring 2023 season London Theatre Reviews