Synethesia Part II

by Mark Sheppard

Briar Grace Smith as Director

Fiona Wirra-George as Cultural Consultant

Yvette Walker as Creative Producer

JUTE Theatre Company has commissioned Indigenous playwright Mark Sheppard (Muluridgi- Mbarbarrum, Mareeba) to write a new work, currently entitled Synesthesia Part II. The multi-artform play employs text, music, dance, circus and scientific theory to explore the world of sensory connections where the past is a cornerstone for the future.

Development 1

3-7 September 2018

Development 2

7-17 May 2019

Invitational Reading

17 May 2019

Premiere Season

31 July 2020

Synesthesia Part II emerges from Mark’s pioneering performance work with young people in remote Indigenous communities. WAAPA-trained, Mark has worked with Yirra Yaakin, Kooemba Jdarra, JUTE Theatre Company and Circus Oz. His one-man show, Chasing the Lollyman, toured extensively around Australia and established Mark as a unique voice in the national landscape. Over several years of touring (with Chasing the Lollyman and Proppa Solid), Mark has developed a strong sense of creating work with and for young Indigenous people that inspires them to dare to dream.

The narrative includes family recipes for chicken soup, memories of a Cairns childhood, the taste of the first mango of the season, the cleansing of the Barron (Walsh) River and the flourishing of the amazingly sweet Black Bream in a production that captures all five senses of audience members. Synesthesia Part II celebrates the richness of First Nation cultures, the legacy within Aboriginal families and the resilience of communities. It will enhance the sense of cultural identity and connectedness in Indigenous communities, while offering non- Indigenous audiences access to Queensland First Nations stories.

Mark will create Synesthesia Part II within an improvisational, multi-artform process with several collaborators that he has selected to work with.

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