Women who clean, made invisible, now take the stage

Women who clean, made invisible, now take the stage

It has coincided in recent months that from different areas the theme of the situation of home helps from the series The assistantwith Margaret Qualley on Netflix, a ash in the mouth (Sixth Floor), the new novel by Brenda Navarro, in which the protagonist joins the movement of hotel employees. “They are doing essential work that is not appreciated. And this has been made more visible by the pandemic, so there is an awareness of this problem, which is also very touched by feminism “, says Noelia Castro, one of the three founders of the company from Vigo A Panadaría, who now wears her new assembly, those who clean at the National Drama Center, after its premiere in Galicia.

Castro, Areta Bolado and Ailén Kendelman met when they were studying acting in Esad de Vigo. “We started in bars, we had no intention of forming a professional company, it was born spontaneously,” explains Kendelman. In Panadaría, it was born in 2013 with the show Bread! Bread!, what they followed Pan American, the theatrical version of the story of Elisa and Marcela (the first marriage of women in Spain, based on a film by Isabel Coixet) and now Those who clean The work “talks about the organized struggle of hotel maids for fair work and social rights,” he sums up. And why did you choose this topic? “We always look at stories that may seem like invisible women, we are interested in staging them and making them visible,” explains Bolado. Their work is located in A Toxa, in the Rias Baixas, but for information they interviewed waitresses in hotels in different locations, from Galicia to the Canary Islands. “We have seen that they are all demanding the same thing, regardless of the area: they are demanding decent working conditions and that the work they do is appreciated,” says Kendelman.

The three founders of the company take the stage to put themselves in the shoes of characters who interact with the public and whose dialogues evolve function after function. They use comedy to address social issues. “Traditionally it was considered a minor genre, but for us it is a very powerful tool of transformation and criticism”, says Bolado, “we always try to be in search of a critical humor, which laughs more at the powerful than at the person below”. In his case, in addition to underlining that “98% of the waitresses are women and, as happens with other feminized professions, is less valued and in worse conditions”, says Castro, they raise “what responsibility society has in consuming tourism “. ”, How these trips affect the environment. All, with a clear objective, Bolado points out: “We believe that the humor that can transform is protest, humor that denounces something”.

In this new show, which can be seen at the María Guerrero until May 15, the founders of A Panadaría ask themselves these questions: is it possible to re-evaluate this work and separate it from the genre? Is there a sustainable tourism? Who cleans the housekeeper’s house? “There are people who have never cleaned a toilet and there are others who clean 500 a month. those who clean We are not just talking about cleaners, we are talking about women and the wet earth we walk on every day, “they explain. The work arrives at the National Dramatic Center just as we discuss unemployment benefits for domestic workers. under the new labor reform.