ILBIJERRI Theatre Company will perform Heart is a Wasteland at Bunjil Place Studio on Thursday 23 September 2021. The production is a road-trip love story which takes audiences through Australia’s heartland, exploring feelings of love, hurt, unspoken truths and history.
Originally set to show at RISING, the show was written by John Harvey and directed by Rachael Maza. The show ultimately combines First Peoples storytelling with live music in a whiskey fuelled 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 audio-visual design; all reimagined to match the energy of its new young leads.
Heart is a Wasteland follows Raye (Monica Karo), a singer-songwriter touring the outback, aiming to raise money for herself and her son Elvis. Raye’s music is moving and distinctively expressive, touching the audiences she plays to, but she hasn’t been able to get the praise and recognition that she deserves. Dan (Dion Williams) is a young man with large dreams and aspirations for his community, devoting his life to provide for the youth around him.
By chance Dan meets Raye at one of her performances, and then missing his flight back home, Dan and Raye find themselves spending a great deal of time together. As they are both planning to head up north, they agree its mutually beneficial to travel together and set off for Alice Springs. A relationship quickly develops between them as they travel through hundreds and hundreds of kilometres of desert alone and in close proximity to each other. However, they find themselves unintentionally picking at old wounds, bringing up stories from the past they aren’t usually quick to share.
Heart is a Wasteland is produced by the award-winning ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Thursday 23 September, 7:30pm