'The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) is an Australian-Indonesian co-production about an Indonesian boy, Ikan, who goes fishing one day and fails to return.
'Assuming the worst, his parents hire a legendary seafarer to look for his corpse. He finds nothing. The Age of Bones traces what happened to Ikan – from the day he left, to his eventual imprisonment in Australia and his fight to return home.
'Darwin writer Sandra Thibodeaux was inspired by the real-life stories of around 60 Indonesian boys who were allegedly jailed in Australia for working on refugee boats.
'The Age of Bones is mostly set under the ocean in an underwater court, a fantastical piece realized through shadow puppets, video and music'. (Production summary)
A collaboration between Satu Bulan (Australia) and Teater Satu (Indonesia), produced by Sandra Thibodeaux and Performing Lines in association with Brown's Mart.
Presented at La Mama Courthouse, Carlton, 22 February to 5 March 2017.
Directors: Iswadi Pratama and Alex Galeazzi.
Translator: Kadek Krishna Adidharma.
Sound designer: Panos Couros.
Costume designer: Imas Sobariah.
Puppetry: Wayan Sira and Made Gunanta.
Digital designer: Mic Gruchy.
A Satu Bulan Theater, Performing Lines and Teater Satu co-production. Presented by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Performed at ATYP Studio 1, The Wharf, Walsh Bay, New South Wales : 15 - 18 March 2017.
Directors: Iswadi Pratama, Alex Galeazzi
Production repeated at Brown's Mart, 29 March - 9 April 2017.
Crew as at La Mama.
Cast: Deri Efwanto, Mohammad Gandi Maulana, Imam Setia Hagi, Budi Laksana, Imas Sobariah, Kadek Hobman, and Ella Watson-Russell.