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 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.

A collaboration between Satu Bulan (Australia) and Teater Satu (Indonesia)

Produced by Sandra Thibodeaux and Performing Lines in association with Browns Mart

Co-directed by Iswadi Pratama and Alex Galeazzi

Translated by Kadek Krishna Adidharma

Sound design by Panos Couros

Costume design by Imas Sobariah

Puppetry by Wayan Sira and Made Gunanta

Digital design by Mic Gruchy The Age of Bones is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre
for Asia TOPA Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments



Feb 23 – Mar 5


*PREVIEW: Wed 22nd, all tickets $15 Wed 6:30pm* Thu 7.30pm Fri 7.30pm Sat 7:30pm Sun 4:00pm


La Mama Courthouse

Tickets Info/

Full $25 Concession $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142

Running Time/

Approx. 90 min