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Celebrating the Life of John Howitt – the Story of a Posthumous Party Request

John Howitt was an absolute character – the larger-than-life soul from Lindfield started the Killara 680 Coffee Theatre in 1955. He was affectionately known as the “king of mime”. John contributed so much towards the entertainment and theatre scene. His endless roles included playing Santa for the Royal North Shore Hospital. And he was involved in the Merry Makers, an organisation that brings the joy of performance, and opportunities to entertain, to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. In this blog we’ll be celebrating the life of John Howitt.

Sadly, John was taken too suddenly in 2016. His friends, family, and community held his memories fondly while mourning the loss. But John, ever the entertainer, had one more encore up his sleeve.

A Posthumous Party

A year after his passing, John’s friend Jan Cairns received a very surprising call from his solicitor. Jan was left a portion of John’s estate. And in his will, John had asked Jan to use this inheritance help him throw a huge posthumous party. He wanted the party to celebrate his memory in a true John Howitt fashion.

This is where Applause Entertainment met Jan. At first, Jan asked us about hiring a mime performer, as John himself was a legendary mime. And Jan was going to put together her own big theatrical party for John. Upon hearing about the unique context of the event, we knew we wanted to help Jan find the perfect cast of performers and acts.

Entertainment is the Key to the Heart

There are preconceived notions that when commemorating the loss of a loved one, it must be done with solemnity and sadness. The ideas “party” and “entertainment” are rarely associated with memorials or wakes.

But we want to bring to attention the idea that memorials are about celebrating a life lived – and celebrations are affairs of joy and happiness. What better way to help the celebration, than to touch the hearts of all of the people who made the person’s life so full? At Applause Entertainment, we see entertainment at a memorial, funeral, or wake, as another wholesome way that the departed can show love to their family and friends.

This isn’t the first time that Applause Entertainment has helped provide theatrical entertainment for a memorial event. A few years ago, we received a request to bring circus themed entertainers and performers to celebrate a lively soul whose favorite place was the big top.

Doing it Justice

For John, we were blessed with the chance to not only memorialize someone, but someone who was one of us. John was an entertainer and a performer. We felt the enormous trust placed upon us, since in essence, our entertainment is being called upon to entertain John’s beloved guests on his behalf.

It would take more than just one mime to really do John’s memory justice, and Jan was open to suggestions for filling the party with lots of love and laughter. We wanted to provide a lot more than just a mime, but rather a whole suite of entertainment designed to provide the guests with the warmest embrace that we could muster.

You can read about the specific entertainment that we provided, as well as view the gallery of big grins, on our Past Event page “Belated Wake for John Howitt”.

The nature of what Applause Entertainment does means that we are constantly blessed with orbiting around some of life’s happiest moments. This event refreshed our perspective, and allowed us to review what it is that we do. And more importantly our role and value within the wider society.

(Note: We’d like to thank Jan for telling us her story.)


Are you looking for more creative ideas and solutions for your event entertainment needs? Start exploring the website to get inspiration, or call 1300 261 545 and enquire about your next event! It’s time to build your event experience.

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