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Bega Valley Commermorative Civic Centre

Theatre: Heart is a Wasteland

Heart is a Wasteland combines First Nations storytelling in a live music love story, set on the road through Australia's heartland.

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Theatre: Heart is a Wasteland

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04 Aug, 7:00 pm – 05 Aug, 8:20 pm

Bega Valley Commermorative Civic Centre, Zingel Pl, Bega NSW 2550, Australia

About the Event

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

WRITER John Harvey (Saibai Island) DIRECTOR Dr Rachael Maza AM (Yidinji/Meriam) PERFORMERS Monica Jasmine Karo (Gunai/Gunditjmara), Ari Maza Long (Yidinji/Meriam), Gary Watling (Wiradjuri)

Photo by Aaron Walker

Thursday 4 August at 7.00pm Friday 5 August at 1.00pm (matinee / schools) Friday 5 August at 7.00pm  All shows at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre Zingel Place, Bega

75 minutes, no interval. Bar open pre-show for drinks and snacks (no alcohol at matinee performance) Strong language, sexual references, suitable for ages 15+

Raye, a country-music star in the making, plays pub-to-pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, trying to make a living in the hope of  returning home to her son, Elvis.  But when she meets Dan, another young wanderer at the crossroads of life, a love affair unfurls over a  four-day drive to Alice Springs.

Following a sell-out premiere season at Darwin Festival 2021,  ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s Heart is a Wasteland – directed by the  company’s multi award-winning Artistic Director Dr Rachael Maza AM –  brings John Harvey’s humorous and deeply heartfelt script to life.

With original music by Lydia Fairhall, exquisitely arranged by Gary  Watling; beautiful audio-visual design – this production brings  Australia’s stunning outback right to the front – matched by the  vitality of its new young leads.

Heart is a Wasteland exposes a soul-warming battle of egos, recognising everyone’s individual right to love.

Media response from Malthouse Theatre’s production of the script in 2017:

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

‘…enjoyable, heart-warming theatre…a testament to the healing power of love’ – Stage Whispers

**** ‘…moving, enlightening and utterly refreshing.’ – Theatre People

ILBIJERRI is Australia’s longest-running First Nations theatre  company, 30 years strong in 2021. They create, present and tour  challenging and provocative theatrical works that describe the  experiences of First Nations people in Australia today with empathy and  honesty.

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