Heart is a Wasteland

Storytelling and live music combine in a cross-country, whisky-fueled love story.

Heart is a Wasteland

ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY
Darwin Festival, Browns Mart Theatre
11 August 2021 - 15 August 2021
Heart is a Wasteland

Raye, a struggling country music star in the making, plays pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, flogging demo CDs in the hope of returning home to her son Elvis. But when she meets Dan, another broken wanderer, a love affair unfurls over their four-day drive home to Alice Springs.

Heart Is a Wasteland—originally conceived and performed in a sell-out season by Malthouse Theatre and Brown Cabs—combines First Peoples’ storytelling with live music, in a whisky-fueled battle of egos. It cuts to the country’s heart, recognising everyone’s individual right to love.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s re-staging of Heart Is a Wasteland is a brand new production—in both vision and scale—featuring freshly conceived sets, musical arrangements by Gary Watling and adventurous audiovisual design; all reimagined under the direction of ILBIJERRI’s own Rachael Maza, to match the energy of its new young leads.

Heart is a Wasteland was originally scheduled to tour nationally in 2021, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show was enjoyed for seven performances at Darwin Festival from 11 – 15 August 2021, and we hope to take it back on the road in 2022.

 

Strong language, sexual references, recommended for ages 15+

Storytelling and live music combine in a cross-country, whisky-fueled love story.

Heart is a Wasteland

ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY
Darwin Festival, Browns Mart Theatre
11 August 2021 - 15 August 2021
Heart is a Wasteland
  • Writer: John Harvey (Saibai Island)
  • Director: Rachael Maza (Yidinji, Meriam)
  • Songwriter: Lydia Fairhall (Worimi)
  • Musical Director and Arrangements: Gary Watling (Wiradjuri)
  • Sound Designer: James Henry (Yuwaalaraay and Yorta Yorta)
  • Production Manager: Nick Glen
  • Set and Costume Design: Emily Barrie
  • Lighting Design: Niklas Pajanti
  • AV Design: Sean Bacon
  • Dramaturg: Mark Pritchard
  • Stage Manager: Jess Keepence

    Performers: Dion Williams (Waradjuri from Narrandera and Wakaman far North Queensland), Monica Jasmine Karo (Gunai/Gunditjmara), Gary Watling (Wiradjuri)

    Heart is a Wasteland is a RISING co-production. Supported by Sidney Myer Fund.
    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

WATCH: Making Heart is a Wasteland

Watch writer John Harvey, director Rachael Maza and music composer Lydia Fairhall as they discuss the development of Heart is a Wasteland.

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