Reading of Y/OUR POVERTY by Nadia El Said
”Let’s plant a money three, my old man. Let´s lay a seed in the ground, watch it grow, become strong. And then pick the fresh money leaves. Bronze and amber shining, golden leaves”
Y/OUR POVERTY is a story about a father on social benefits. It is a story about poverty and about living og surviving in Denmark’s world-famous welfare system. A man’s live added up by others – mostly his daughter, observing from the side unable to meddle in. Fragments from meetings with the municipality, nightly conversations with birds, shopping trips to discount chains, money being counted, examinations at the doctors and dreams of a magic potion. A lyrically independent speech from the meatless human bones of the system.
The play is an adaption of Nadia Josefine El Said’s novel by the same name from 2020. El Said (b. 1977) is educated from The National Film School of Denmark. She works in a field between text, animation and graphics and has for instance exhibited text pieces and published two books with the publisher Gladiator.
Part of S/H Readings during CPH Stage:
Y/OUR POVERTY is a part of S/H Reading taking place at Sort/Hvid during the theatre festival CPH Stage. Here you can experience readings of theatre plays that are all under development. Plays that in each their way investigates the politically polished welfare system.