HEART IS A WASTELAND ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Brown Cabs
For ages: 18 – 65
Contact : Lydia Fairhall, Executive Producer/co-CEO
|03 9329 firstname.lastname@example.org|
[4 stars] ‘impressive…delivers a strong, affecting narrative, powered in part by the freedom that flows from indigenous voices telling Indigenous stories.’ – The Age
Following the success of a sold out, extended 2017 Malthouse season, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and BROWN CABS are creating a reimagined production of John Harvey’s epic love story HEART IS A WASTELAND, directed by leader in First Nations theatre, Rachael Maza with original songs by soulful songwriter Lydia Fairhall. This production of HEART IS A WASTELAND will build on the elements so deeply loved in its first iteration; the ability of the writer to show humanity as it is, engaging with universal themes of love and connection, without dismissing the essence of characters that are inherently and undeniably First Nations. HEART IS A WASTELAND tells the story of Raye, a struggling country music star riding her luck, playing pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways. Her life becomes entwined with that of another wanderer and a love affair unfurls over the four-day drive to Alice Springs. Combining First Nations storytelling at its strongest with original live music, HEART IS A WASTELAND is an intimate portrait of two achingly beautiful characters that cut to the country’s heart through a whisky-fueled battle of the egos, hidden scars and reverence.
Marketing selling points
• Universal love story makes it relatable • Music makes it accessible • Roadtrip through beautiful Australian landscape makes it enthralling • First Nations voice makes it necessary
Key audience and marketing notes
HEART IS A WASTELAND is a dynamic hybrid of First Nations music and story-telling. It is a work that is universal in its humanity, but complex in its Indigeneity. It is at once both relatable and unrelatable to a broad Australian audience, and therein lies its sophistication. Much like its ending, it is unresolved yet satisfying. It leaves the audience pensively and wanting more.
Community Engagement activities
ILBIJERRI has an extensive range of community engagement activities it offers with all of its tours. This includes: - Post-show Q&As - Panels - Songwriting workshops - Writing and Directing workshops - Workshops / set tours specifically designed for schools
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Black Box or Proscenium Arch|
|Bump in (hours)||12|
|Bump out (hours)||4|
ILBIJERRI will tour with any special lights required, and will otherwise design using stock lighting.
One live musician (Two mics – precise audio requirements TBC)
The set design will be created with touring in mind and will suit black box or proscenium arch stages.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 10||Height: 5|
|Depth: 8||Wing space: N/A|