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The Art House presents

Heart is a Wasteland

21 Jul 2021 Showing at The Art House Theatre

Info Cast & Creatives


The Art House Presents


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.



Cast & Creatives

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)


The Art House Theatre


Wed 21 Jul 2021 - 8PM

Important Information

Duration: 75 minutes no interval
Recommended for ages 16+


Adult: $42.00
Concession: $37.00
Members: $32.00
Under 30: $25.00

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