Nasing Speshal

Nasing Speshal

Performers: Ansis Bētiņš, Artūrs Čukurs, Jana Ļisova, Elizabete Skrastiņa, Mārtiņš Upenieks
Dramaturg, director: Andrejs Jarovojs
Composer: Linda Leimane
Video and costumes: Ieva Kauliņa
Producer: Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Duration: 1:30
Premiere: 29/08/2021

Created with the financial support of the State Culture Capital Foundation and Riga City Council.

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“Nasing Speshal” is based on one of the longest parliamentary sittings in the history of Latvia, since the restoration of its independence. It began on December 11, 2008, continued until the next morning and, after a week-long break, was concluded on December 18, 2008, lasting 28 hours and 16 minutes in total. The agenda of the meeting included amendments to the next year's state budget and to its accompanying laws, as well as the Law on Administrative Territorial Reform. At the time Latvia was affected by the global economic crisis and by a local political crisis and, even though the measures that the government and the parliament implemented were later called a “success story”, they significantly undermined the trust that the people had in the governing bodies.

The script of “Nasing Speshal” was created using the transcripts of the parliamentary sitting – the creative team has turned the speeches of the members of the parliament and the government into a colourful mosaic, revealing a closeup of a passionate struggle for the citizen's vote.

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