Since 2005, a law has been in force in Croatia entitling citizens to a cash refund if they return empty beverage containers to a shop. The measure is meant to encourage them to reduce waste, but for some, collecting returnable packaging has become a livelihood.

In the performance, we follow four young actresses in their roles as four poverty-stricken elder women. The authors created the performance based on testimonies that reflect capitalist reality through personal stories. In a time when it has become “normal” to walk past people digging through containers, the authors raise the question of where we are and where we are going as individuals and as a society, while remaining witty, sympathetic and, above all, human. This is why we recognise ourselves in the performance, they manage that to hit us at the core and to make it our own, regardless of the fact that we do not directly experience the reality of the protagonists in our own everyday lives.

Past performances

20. may 2023 / II. gimnazija Maribor Amphitheatre

Sendi Bakotić, Ana Marija Brđanović, Tjaša Črnigoj, Anja Sabol and Vanda Velagić

Director, dramaturge and researcher:

Tjaša Črnigoj

Researchers and performers:

Sendi Bakotić, Ana Marija Brđanović, Anja Sabol and Vanda Velagić

Social anthropologist:

Vanda Velagić

Personal stories shared by:

Albina, Ljudmila, Marta and Suzana

Stage design:

Paola Lugarić

Costume design:

Tanja Blašković

Music selection:

authors and Sun Matt

Technical management of the performance:

Marin Lukanović


Sebastijan Tomažin

Visual design:

Oleg Morović


Umjetnička organizacija Kolektiv Igralke, Savez udruga Molekula and KUD Transformator

Co-financed by:

Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, Student Cultural center in Rijeka, Public fund forcultural activities of the Republic of Slovenia; production and distribution of the Kolektiv Igralke performances in 2023 is co-financed by Zaklada Kultura nova