Heart is a Wasteland

The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts

$20 - $39

Past Event

HEART IS A WASTELAND - a road-trip love story that takes us through Australia’s heartland, dealing with love, loss, unspoken truths and history.


MLIVE presents ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s
Heart is a Wasteland
By John Harvey

Following a sold out, extended 2017 Malthouse season, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and BROWN CABS are reimagining John Harvey’s (Saibai) love story Heart is a Wasteland, directed by Rachael Maza (Yidinji, Meriam), with songs by Lydia Fairhall (Worimi).

Heart is a Wasteland tells the story of Raye, a struggling country music star in the making. Riding her luck, Raye is playing pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways flogging demo CDs for 20 bucks a piece until she can go home to Alice Springs and look her son Elvis in the eye. Raye’s life becomes entwined with that of another broken wanderer in Dan, and a love affair unfurls over their four-day drive to Alice.

Combining First Nations storytelling at its strongest with live music, Heart is a Wasteland is an intimate portrait of two beautifully flawed characters with hidden scars that cuts to the country’s heart through a battle of the egos. Heart is a Wasteland is a luminous journey towards the recognition of everyone’s worthiness of, and right to, love.

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.

  • Dates & Times:

    This season will not proceed as scheduled. Ticket holders will receive additional information shortly.

    • Tuesday 24 August 2021, 7:30pm

    • Wednesday 25 August 2021, 7:30pm

  • Ticket Pricing

    Standard$39
    Concession$35
    Monash Staff$29
    Monash Alumni$29
    Group 8+$29
    Monash Students$20
    Children Under 14 (NB content warning)$20
    Standard$39
    Concession$35
    Monash Staff$29
    Monash Alumni$29
    Group 8+$29
    Monash Students$20
    Children Under 14 (NB content warning)$20
  • Performance Information

    • Duration:1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval

    • Venue:Alexander Theatre

    • Age suitability:Recommended age: 15+

    • Event warnings:Contain strobing, haze, drug references, frequent coarse language, sexual references and adult themes.

  • Venue Details

Reviews

‘impressive...delivers a strong, affecting narrative, powered in part by the freedom that flows from Indigenous voices telling Indigenous stories.’
The Age

‘It is a love story, but there is a complexity to it, and a dreaming self-awareness, brought to us by an accomplished and talented team of artists, which is moving, enlightening and utterly refreshing.’
Theatre People

‘lovely, with evocative film projections that add atmosphere and texture. The musical numbers are sweet and soulful, and provide momentum to the action.’
Time Out

‘...refined and handsome.’
The Australian