John Harvey‘s Heart is a Wasteland – originally conceived and performed in a sell-out season by Malthouse Theatre and Brown Cabs – combines First Peoples’ storytelling with live music, in a whisky-fuelled battle of egos. It cuts to the country’s heart, recognising everyone’s individual right to love.
Raye, a struggling country music star in the making, plays pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, flogging demo CDs in the hope of returning home to her son Elvis. But when she meets Dan, another broken wanderer, a love affair unfurls over their four-day drive home to Alice Springs.
Heart is a Wasteland was originally produced by Malthouse Theatre with Brown Cabs premiering at Beckett Theatre on June 29, 2017. Heart is a Wasteland script development was supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Heart is a Wasteland was re-staged by Illbijerri Theatre Company for a national tour in 2021.
ISBN: 978 1 922424 43 3