“A moving road trip through Australia’s desert centre”..
29 JUNE – 16 JULY @ MALTHOUSE THEATRE
New seats added: Malthouse Theatre
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.
From Brown Cab Productions, Heart is a Wasteland is a luminous journey towards the recognition of everyone’s worthiness of, and right to, love.
“Margaret Harvey directs performances powered by authenticity and raw emotive charge”
Sydney Morning Herald ****
“As in country music, truth goes a long way in theatre. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic-sounding or more cleanly delivered piece than this.”
“I had a kind of experience you dream of having in the theatre. I went to Melbourne’s Malthouse and was carried away by Heart Is A Wasteland.”
A co-production with Malthouse Theatre.
Script development supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre
and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.