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THE COOLIE ODYSSEY (article first published : 2002-06-15)

Following a writer's grant from the National Arts Council and the generous support of the National Arts Festival's Committee in Grahamstown and The Indian Consulate, RASA Productions is able to stage Rajesh Gopie’s new play The Coolie Odyssey.

The play is a testament to his research (Gopie has only recently completed a study tour of India) and his passion for the subject of indenture, the nature of exoticism and racial-class tensions. The characters shift from modern day South Africa with a pantheon of Hindu Gods, to a rascal theatre-troupe based in Calcutta in 1890, indentured labourers of the former Natal colony, South Africa in 1946 and finally to a farm on the KZN north coast.

The ensemble cast includes a host of Durban talents and is lead by Tina Johnson, New York based theatre director. RASA is proud to host acclaimed Johannesburg based artist, Frantz Dobrowsky most recently remembered for his film appearance, inPanic Maniac. Alistair Dube star of television and most recent stage appearance in The Suitas well as Crystal Tryon (A Coloured Place) and comic Kaseran Pillay, now also based in Gauteng.

Local favourites are Esmael Teixeira who last appeared in The Great Outdoors, Krijay Govender aka Shereen in eTVs Backstage. Former teacher, comedian turned actor Afzal Khan makes his main stage debut as RASA welcomes newcomer dancer Mekantha Naidu - a Kuchipudi artist recently graduated from Chennai, India. Additional choreography has been provided by Durban's own Jay Pather. The two child actors are brother and sister team Keshava Nair and Sankari Nair aged 11and 9 years respectively.

The full team includes the talents of Greg King (set, masks and props design), Janet Walsh (stage management), Glen Olsen (lighting), Niresh Singh (sound), and the exquisite, yet subtle costumes by artist/activist Andrew Verster.




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