Coolie: The Story of The Girmityas

BATS Theatre, The Dome, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

08/06/2023 - 10/06/2023

Kia Mau Festival 2023

Production Details

Written, Performed and Composed by Nadia Freeman

Produced by Miss Leading

A chance of a lifetime! 

To work and live in paradise, free travel, accommodation and food provided – The Dream.

Or nightmare for 60,000 Indian’s kidnapped or taken through coercion & blackmail to faraway countries to replace the gap left by the slavery system for something almost identical but rebranded.

Coolie: The story of the Girmityas is an immersive experience through the Pacific’s untold history of indentured labour from India to Fiji.

Join poet and music producer Miss Leading (AKA Nadia Freeman) as she performs this composition of live electronic music, poetry and song to tell the story of her ancestors.

Please note there will be a 15 minute Q&A session after the show on Friday with the President of the Fiji Indian Association.

“Freeman is an arresting performer, deeply likable and capable of slipping mercurially from one mood to another.” IRENE CORBETT Theatre Scenes

BATS Theatre, The Dome
Tues 8 – Sat 10 June 2023

Set Designer: Josiah Liston
Stage Manager: Isha Ramitha Bhatnagar-Stewart
Cast: Michael Mckeon
Script Advisor: Sameena Zehra

Music , Theatre ,

60 minutes

Wellingon City Council
Aotearoa Gaming Trust
Creative NZ
Auckland City Council