Presented by the Storey Players

The Ghost of John King


Suitable for

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

Subject areas

Culture & ethics, Humanities, Performing arts, Indigenous histories and cultures, History

The Ghost of John King is a performance-based, interactive workshop for Years 3 to 8 drama, history and English students.


This event presents the story of the Burke and Wills expedition through the eyes of its only surviving member, John King, who was supported by an Indigenous community after the rest of the expedition party had perished.


In 2017, the Storey Players took this production on tour: they left Melbourne from the Burke and Wills monument in Royal Park on 8 May, exactly 157 years from the same spot that Burke and Wills had departed from. Their journey took them through the 5000km of inland Australian landscape that the explorers had originally travelled through. They performed The Ghost of John King for the many communities they visited along the way, which were also stopping points for the original explorers and met with the ancestors of John King.


This journey brings incredible depth and insights into both the story and its performance, helping students understand some of the impacts of early European settlement and exploration. The Ghost of John King also encourages students to consider how storytelling can incorporate multiple perspectives, and how historical accounts can often contain untold stories. The 90-minute event includes a performance and a Q&A session.


Learning Outcomes:

  • explore untold stories in existing historical narratives
  • understand and appreciate different perspectives
  • learn about Indigenous communities’ relationship to country, and how this was able to benefit the early explorers
  • consider how the elements of drama communicate meaning from different social, cultural and historical contexts.


Interested in attending?
Download PDF for full overview and curriculum benefits

Download event


  • Thu 2 May 2019
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Fri 3 May 2019
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm




$10 per student

Buy tickets


Northbank, Flinders Walk, Melbourne


Signal is on Northbank alongside the Yarra in the heart of Melbourne.


It’s next to Flinders Street Station, and major city tram and bus routes.


There’s also parking available at city car parks.