ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE AND ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT

Heart is a Wasteland

First Nations storytelling and live music combine in an uplifting, cross-country love story.

Performances & Gigs

Event Details

Category

Performances & Gigs

Event Starts

Aug 25, 2022

Event Ends

Aug 27, 2022

Add to Calendar 08/25/2022 12:00 AM 08/27/2022 12:00 AM Australia/Melbourne Heart is a Wasteland First Nations storytelling and live music combine in an uplifting, cross-country love story.
Venue

Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

Location

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

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.

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Hero image by Aaron Walker, other photos by Fiona Morrison