2 CULTURES, 2 CONTINENTS, 1 ENDURING FRIENDSHIP
Join us for the reading of a brand new play from playwright Glenn Shea
MeWei 3027 is based on the incredible true story of a lifelong friendship developed between the first Ngarrindjeri serviceman from the South Australian community of Raukkan, Roland Carter, and Jewish German ethnologist Leonhard Adam. Captured while fighting for the Australian Imperial Forces on the Western Front, Roland was incarcerated in a camp for prisoners of special interest. Leonhard, a new graduate from the University of Berlin, was sent to interrogate these POW’s about their cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
A warm comradery sprang up between the two young men, one that was destined to last over forty years, and go through a remarkable reversal through the next World War.
MeWei 3027 has sweeping themes of imperialism, oppression, war and an unshakeable longing for freedom. And, at the heart of it all, a friendship that endured through some of the most tumultuous upheavals of the twentieth century.
About the Aboriginal Diggers Project
Anzac soldiers have hero status in Australia, however many people don’t know the stories of past and present Aboriginal war veterans who also contributed significantly to Australia’s military history. Country Arts SA’s 3 year Aboriginal Diggers Project employs Aboriginal creatives to bring to life the fascinating stories of Aboriginal servicemen and women who served Australia from the Boer War through to present day. Mewei 3027 is the second stage of the Aboriginal Diggers project.
Mewei 3027 will have its first play reading in the Raukkan community on 22 April and in Adelaide at the Dunstan Playhouse on Anzac Day. Both play readings are free.
SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2018
Raukkan Town Hall, 5pm
Soup and damper served prior to reading
WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018
Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre, 3pm
Post-reading Q&A with members of the creative team
We need your help to ensure this cross-cultural story is heard by future generations of Australians.
Learn more about the Aboriginal Diggers project and how you can help us to tell these important stories.
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