Heart is a Wasteland
Raye is struggling, a country music star in the making. Riding her luck, she’s playing pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, flogging demo CDs for ten bucks a piece until she can go home to Alice and look her son Elvis in the eye. Then Raye’s life becomes entwined with that of another wanderer and a love affair unfurls over the four-day drive to Alice Springs.
Heart is a Wasteland sees John and Margaret Harvey combine theatre, film and live music in this intimate portrait of two travellers that cuts to the country’s heart. Two of Australia’s most revered actors, Ursula Yovich (Love and Information) and Aaron Pedersen (Water Rats, Mystery Road, Goldstone) come together to portray two achingly beautiful characters in a whiskey-fuelled battle of egos and hidden scars.
Heart is a Wasteland is a luminous journey towards the recognition of everyone’s worthiness of, and right to, love.
BY / John Harvey
DIRECTION / Margaret Harvey
CAST / Aaron Pedersen, Ursula Yovich, Anna Liebzeit
DRAMATURGY / Mark Pritchard
PRODUCED BY / John Harvey
PRODUCTION DESIGN / Alison Ross
LIGHTING DESIGN / Lisa Mibus
AV DESIGN / Desmond Connellan
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & SOUND DESIGN / Anna Liebzeit
SOUND DESIGN / Steve Stelios Adam
SONGS BY / Lydia Fairhall
STAGE MANAGER / Ainsley Ker
My Lovers’ Bones
A modern-day reimagining of the bunyip legend, My Lovers’ Bones is a spine-chilling new theatrical work. Inspired by the poem, My Lovers’ Bones is a fusion of theatre, poetry, physical movement, digital projection and visceral soundscape. Based on the poem ‘The Bunyip of Bummiera’ By Cameron Costello.
DIRECTOR/PERFORMER/DEVISOR // Margaret Harvey
PERFORMER/DEVISOR // Kirk Page
COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER/DEVISOR // Liebzeit
PRODUCTION DESIGNER/DEVISOR // Alison Ross
LIGHTING DESIGNER/DEVISOR // Lisa Mibus
CHOREOGRAPHER/DEVISOR // Alexandra Harrison
Presented at the 2014 Melbourne International Arts Festival
Winner of the Green Room Award for Best Lighting Design for Independent Theatre