MI:WI 3027 – Experimental Independent ATSI Theatre –

An exploration of a friendship built around the notion of a liberated homeland, where freedom is paramount.

The story of MI:WI 3027 is inspired by the life of Roland Carter (Service No. 3027), the first Ngarrindjeri man to join the Australian Imperial Forces during World War I and his lifelong friendship with Leonhard Adam, a Jewish-German ethnologist. The two first met in an internment camp to which Carter had been assigned as a prisoner of war. This camp was known as ‘Halbmondlager’ war camp or ‘Half Moon Camp’. MI:WI is a Ngarrindjeri word translated as ‘soul’; the soul as fundamental to relations to country.

This production would like to acknowledge Country Arts SA as the original producer of the Aboriginal Diggers Project that Mi:Wi3027 was developed for.

MI:WI 3027 will also be livestreamed on Nov 17, Friday, 7.30pm. Livestream playback will be available until Sunday Nov 27.

“Gothic archetypes twist their way through this affecting and confronting theatre trilogy” 

“Playwright Shea – himself a member of the stolen generations – refuses to turn away from the grim toll of historical injustice and lays bare a legacy of trauma, while setting sights firmly on a new day.”

– Cameron Woodhead

Content Warning: References to WWI and WWII Nazi Germany. Jewish audience members are advised of culturally sensitive content. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience members are advised that this performance contains images of deceased persons.

Creative Team


Director & Writer: Glenn Shea

Associate Director: Dr Kirsty Reilly

Performers: Syd Brisbane, Lucy Payne and Glenn Shea

Female Cultural Advisor Ngarrindjeri: Elder Aunty Betty Sumner

Male Cultural Advisor Ngarrindjeri: Elder Uncle Moogy Sumner

Production & Stage Manager: Kelly Harris

Designer: Meg White

Carpenter & Runner: Rob Cooke

Sound: Elissa Goodrich

Lighting: Shane Grant

Costume: Gail Stroud

Animation: Mia Reilly-Shea

German Translation & Coaching: Meta Cohen & Steve Gome

German Translator / Understudy: Jo Stone

MTC Indigenous Program Intern: Emma Salmon & Jasper Quinn

Deakin University Intern & ASM: Tess Nethercote Way

MIWI 3027 Researcher: Andrea Barker SA

Image by Darren Gill

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.