The Art House presents
Heart is a Wasteland
21 Jul 2021 Showing at The Art House Theatre
The Art House Presents
HEART IS A WASTELAND
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
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 People’s 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.
Supported by Sidney Myer Fund. A RISING Co-production. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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)
Set and Costume Design: Emily Barrie
Lighting Design: Niklas Pajanti
AV Design: Sean Bacon
Dramaturg: Mark Pritchard
Stage Manager: Jess Keepence
Production Manager: Nick Glen
Performers: Dion Williams (Waradjuri from Narrandera and Wakaman far North Queensland), Monica Jasmine Karo (Gunai/Gunditjmara), Gary Watling (Wiradjuri)