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Heart is a Wasteland | Ilbijerri Theatre Company

Part of FIRESIDE and Bleach* Festival 2021

Two broken wanderers begin a love affair on their fight to the top of Australian country music charts. Conceived and performed in a sell-out season by Malthouse Theatre and Brown Cabs, Heart is a Wasteland combines First Peoples storytelling with live music, in a whisky-fuelled battle of egos.

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.

A love for country music isn’t a prerequisite to enjoy the performance. Chase away your winter blues and share a night of stunning performances as part of FIRESIDE.

Performers: Dion Williams (Waradjuri from Narrandera and Wakaman far North Queensland), Monica Jasmine Karo (Gunai/Gunditjmara), Gary Watling (Wiradjuri).

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of FIRESIDE and Bleach* Festival

Image: Heart is a Wasteland | Photo: Aaron Walker

Eats & Drinks

Heart is a Wasteland is presented as part of our intimate FIRESIDE series, where you can enjoy great art, a glass or two of wine and a bite to eat while incredible Australian performers take centre stage.

Delight your senses and make a night of it – book in and enjoy dinner at Palette Restaurant or treat yourself to cocktails and flirt with rooftop views at The Exhibitionist Bar, open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

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A RISING Co – Production. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Sidney Myer Fund.

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