The show “Diário de um Orfão” is on display in Rio de Janeiro with benefit performances at Sala Baden Powell, at Teatro Copacabana, in the south zone, until December 10th. The play is a poetic-musical solo work that addresses orphans in Brazil and sheds light on the situation of children and adolescents who have lost their parents, especially after the Covid pandemic.
The play marks seven years of Cia Teatro de Afeto and one year of the NGO Nasci para Brilhar. The conception, dramaturgy and performance are by the company’s director, Saulo Rocha, who was orphaned by his father and mother in early childhood, and who since his adolescence has been writing diaries about his memories, artistic processes, poems and songs.
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“The lack of public policies means that these children who live in orphanages or shelters are ‘thrown out on the streets’ after they turn 18, and many of them hope that the NGO volunteers, for example, adopt before they reach the age to leave. of spaces”, says Saulo.
The theatrical project also tells the stories of other orphans and raises important social questions so that public policies aimed at these people can be implemented.
One of the principles of the show is the inclusion, mainly of orphaned children and teenagers, in art and culture, and all proceeds from the play will go to the NGO Nasci para Brilhar.
The entity has projects that bring art and culture to children and teenagers who live in shelters, and which currently serves the 20 residents of Casa de Acolhimento Frei Carmelo Cox, located in the neighborhood of Vila Isabel, north of Rio.
Brazil has one of the largest orphan populations in the world, with numbers that worsened after the pandemic. According to a survey by the Imperial College Organization in the United Kingdom, there are more than 5 million underage orphans in the world.
Brazil recorded more than 194,000 new orphaned children and adolescents after the health crisis. A large percentage of these children and adolescents became orphans either due to femicide or paternal abandonment.
According to Saulo, the play is a continuation of his research on orphans in Brazil and a way to generate empathy among the public on this topic.
“What we noticed is that there are almost no white children in shelters. The vast majority of them are black children, who lost their mothers for some reason and their parents disappear. Femicide in Brazil mainly affects black women and there are no public policies that embrace these children and adolescents”, laments Saulo.
Diary of an Orphan Show
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm
Baden Powell Room (Rua General Barbosa Lima, 68, Copacabana)
Duration: 55 min
Rating 14 years
Tickets by voluntary contribution, with collection at Sympla
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Clívia Mesquita