The Honouring

07–11 May $15–20 1 hr
KIN Commissions

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.


Wheelchair Accessible Highly Visual




Content contains material surrounding themes of suicide, self-harm and depression. Audiences are advised that the themes may be triggering for some viewers.


  • 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

Additional Info

The Honouring is supported by the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI First Nations Festival and the Arts Grants Program. Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, The Honouring was developed as a KIN Commission for presentation at YIRRAMBOI 2019. Development of The Honouring has been supported by Lemony S Puppet Theatre and La Mama Theatre through the Indigenous Puppet Artist Fund of the Melbourne International Puppet Festival.