The play was written based on an unknown real story, yet Richard knows many young Traveler teachers who may face similar situations.
The play is framed by a conference where Richard wanted to talk about the successes of the education, however, because of the discrimination he suffered from his young friend, he changed the subject and shared this story with the audience.
He speaks to the audience as conference participants and plays the roles of all characters participating in the story.
"I don't know or in fact, care what you do, I am going to do my job as a teacher, and I am going to celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveler history month, I am going to share my history and my culture with my class and the rest of the school, and if you or Councilor Curtiss try and stop me I'm going to my union, and the media, because I am a Roma person and I have rights!"
|Writer and performer:||Richard R. O’Neill|
|Translator of the Hungarian version:||Viktória Kondi|
|Premiered:||2018 in Studio K Theatre, Budapest Hungary|
Although the play is fictional, is based on many stories experienced by Traveller people in the UK. Multiculturalism is very favorable in many British schools, meanwhile Traveller communities and culture are still not welcome in education, and many teachers are not welcome if they are open about their GRT identity. Although most of the Traveller communities are already settled, there are still caravans moving around the country. Many of the towns and communities do legislations or even aggressive attacks against the nomad Traveller people.
The origins of the Travellers are obscure, presumably they arrived in the British Isles in the 12th century and their presumed countries of origin include India, Egypt and Hungary. Travellers traditionally lead a nomadic lifestyle and support themselves from casual jobs. Scottish Travellers traditionally speak ‘cant’, a mixture of Romani, Scottish Gaelic and Scottish English dialect.
The education of the Travellers is problematic in several ways. On the one hand, traditional schools are not prepared to accommodate and teach students only on a temporary basis, and on the other hand, the quality of education and the time spent in school are marked by the very often discriminatory attitudes of the teachers and fellow students. Traveller children are often hurt and ridiculed by their peers at school and the teachers often have much lower expectations of them, too.
In many places where there is a Traveller camp near the school, the institutions are segregated as the non-Traveller parents gradually take their children out of school. Typically, Traveller children stop learning sooner than their non-Traveller peers, according to some sources, at the age of 12 or 16. Clearly, this is the group that achieves the least good results in education in the UK, with 2011 figures showing that more than 60% of the Travellers in Wales had no education, and only 7% obtained a tertiary qualification.
‘The strongest monologue … the storyteller as a chronicle means a voice, which doesn’t let the stories fall into oblivion...’Revizor, Fanni Szemerédi
‘Today in Italy, where many parties standing on the left or in the center promote maximal acceptance related to immigration, meanwhile totally reject the Roma people.’HVG, Fanni Czeglédi
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