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Head Full of Love by Alana Valentine


THEMES: Indigenous Health, Love, Cultural Divisions
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

As secrets are shared and struggles are faced, a tendril of trust begins to develop into an unlikely friendship and the distance between worlds diminishes


Based on extensive Central Desert mob consultation and support, Alana Valentine’s Head Full of Love is an unsentimental, humorous and deeply moving portrait of the complexity of cross-cultural relationships rewoven, like a beanie, into a simple and humble beauty.


The Annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival is fast approaching and Tilly Napuljari is out of time to finish her new creation to enter it for judging. Nessa Tavistock, a Sydneysider, has run away to the red centre to escape her own problems back in the big smoke.

Head Full of Love is the story of the unlikely but inspiring friendship which forms between them.

Production History

Head Full of Love was first produced by the Darwin Festival, at Brown’s Mart Theatre on 23rd August, 2010. The play was nominated for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play in 2011. It was remounted by the Queensland Theatre Company, at the Cremorne Theatre QPAC, Brisbane, on 7th July, 2012. It was also produced by Alana Valentine for broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Airplay on 25th November, 2012.

This radio adaptation was nominated for an AWGIE Award in the category Radio (Adaptation) in 2013.

ISBN: 978 1 921390 50 0

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


"Head Full of Love touches on the contentious issue of black-white relations with agility, sensitivity, and courage. This is a community conversation that is long overdue."

The Australian, 2012

"Audiences are guaranteed authenticity, honesty, integrity and an evening of revealing and engaging theatre…. Head Full of Love is a play that has much to teach a nation that still has so much to learn."

Sydney Morning Herald

"Everyone involved in this production has stuck their neck out, so I'll do it too: Head Full of Love is wonderful. With a story that could at any moment have tipped into schmaltz, writer Alana Valentine has kept her nerve, delivering a script both predictable and powerful, fable-like and totally real. It is a story that tells us so much about where we are and what we need to do about it."

The Australian

"What is really special about this play is that it has a purpose: both a story to tell and a goal to achieve. It’s so lovely to see theatre that is openly advocating social change."

Aussie Theatre

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