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The Honouring single work   drama   - 60 mins
Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 The Honouring
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'The Honouring is a provocative new solo work from physical performer and actor Jack Sheppard (Kurtjar people, Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York).

'At YIRRAMBOI Festival in 2017, Jack created the powerful ensemble piece Wild Australia, re-enacting events from 1892, when his own family members were among many ‘wild natives’ who were taken and made to perform cultural dances in a travelling show.

'Jack’s meditations on the nature of culture, ritual and performance are reflected in The Honouring. Addressing suicide and trauma within First Nations communities, the work poses a deeply taboo question: when suicide is played out almost every day, does it then become a practice of ritual that has become weaved into our cultural identity? Through movement, dialogue, text and puppetry, The Honouring explores the transitions that the spirits take after suicide, and pays homage to their souls. Jack maps the journey of grief and acceptance that those left behind must travel.

'This is an unmissable world premiere event from a powerful new voice in emerging theatre.'   (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Performed at La Mama Courthouse during the Yirramboi Festival, Melbourne - 7-11 May, 2019. 

    Credits

    • Puppeteer and Puppet Maker: Tim Denton
    • Dramaturg: Rachael Maza
    • Lighting Designer: Tom Willis
    • Sound Design and Photography: James Henry
    • Movement Coach: Rinske Ginsberg
    • Stage Manager: Stephen Hawker
    • Directorial Input: Eva Mullaley
    • Creative Mentor: Jacob Boehme

     

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Works about this Work

Compelling Theatre on Show at Festival Jillian Mundy , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 702 2019; (p. 26-27)
'Under the banner of the Knowledge Industry Network, the performances are intended to place First Nations voices first and provide authority to determine 'our narratives, presented our way'. They were Night River by Mark Coles Smith, his first work as musical alias Kalaji, Daddy by Joel Bray, The Honouring by Mark Sheppard and Blood Quantum - a mother/daughter dance and narrative piece by Professor Tracey Bunda and Ngioka Bunda-Heath.' (Introduction)
Compelling Theatre on Show at Festival Jillian Mundy , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 702 2019; (p. 26-27)
'Under the banner of the Knowledge Industry Network, the performances are intended to place First Nations voices first and provide authority to determine 'our narratives, presented our way'. They were Night River by Mark Coles Smith, his first work as musical alias Kalaji, Daddy by Joel Bray, The Honouring by Mark Sheppard and Blood Quantum - a mother/daughter dance and narrative piece by Professor Tracey Bunda and Ngioka Bunda-Heath.' (Introduction)
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