Raye, a country-music star in the making, plays pub-to-pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, trying to make a living in the hope of returning home to her son, Elvis. But when she meets Dan, another young wanderer at the cross-roads of life, a love affair unfurls over a four-day drive to Alice Springs.
Following a sell-out premiere season at Darwin Festival 2021, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s restaging of Heart is a Wasteland – directed by the company’s multi-award winning Artistic Director Rachael Maza – brings John Harvey’s humorous and deeply heartfelt script to life.
With original music by Lydia Fairhall, exquisitely arranged by Gary Watling; freshly conceived sets and adventurous audio-visual design – this production brings Australia’s stunning outback right to the front – matched by the vitality of its new young leads.
Heart is a Wasteland exposes a soul-warming battle of egos, recognising everyone’s individual right to love.
This season of Heart is a Wasteland is part of activities celebrating 30 years of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company giving voice to First Nations cultures through the ongoing creation of innovative works by First Nations artists.
Hero image by Aaron Walker, other photos by Fiona Morrison