“Alone”: Improving the Position of Roma through Theatre

June 19, 2024

Novi Sad, 12 June 2024 – The Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad gave the premiere of monodrama “Alone”, performed by Aleksandra Milojković Novikova. This performance artist has guided the audience through the life layers and challenges faced with by the members of the Roma national minority, offering a deeper insight into their daily life and the struggle for inclusion. 

Through the emotional story of an educated Roma woman’s ups and downs, accompanied with music, the actress shows her character’s strength in overcoming discrimination and stereotypes, and rising above the situation, continuing on her path with her head held up high. 

“I expect this play to additionally improve the understanding and empathy towards the Roma community and contribute to better understanding of the challenges they encounter,” said Mihajlović Novikova.

She says that her monodrama represents a struggle for acknowledgment and perfection.  

“In this way, we show that people are just people, yet with different cultures, languages and attitudes.” 

The play’s premiere was also attended by the Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Tomislav Žigmanov. 

The play has been realised with the financial support by the European Union within project “Strengthening national and local systems to support the effective socio-economic integration of returnees in the Western Balkans”, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. Support has also been provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, Office for the Inclusion of Roma of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation from Novi Sad.