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 to match the energy of its new young leads.

The ILBIJERRI Theatre Company presents Heart Is a Wasteland at Malthouse Workshop.

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Malthouse Theatre is generously supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Partners

WRITER /

John Harvey (Saibai)

DIRECTOR /

Rachael Maza  (Yidinji, Meriam)

COMPOSER AND SONGWRITER /

Lydia Fairhall  (Worimi)

MUSICAL DIRECTOR & ARRANGEMENTS /

Gary Watling (Wiradjuri)

SOUND DESIGNER /

James Henry (Yuwaalaraay and Yorta Yorta)

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN /

Emily Barrie

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Niklas Pajanti

AV DESIGN /

Sean Bacon

DRAMATURG /

Mark Pritchard

PERFORMERS /

Nelson Baker (Nyikina), Monica Karo (Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara), and Gary Watling (Wiradjuri)

SUPPORTERS /

Commissioned by RISING

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

Season Wed, 2 Jun – Fri, 4 Jun - 8pm
Matinee Sat, 6 Jun - 4pm, 8pm

Tickets

Full $50.00 - +BF
Concession $45.00 - +BF
Community $25.00 - +BF
Artist $42.00 - +BF

Location

The Malthouse

113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Event notes

DURATION /

80 minutes.

YOUR VISIT /

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