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y Highway of Lost Hearts single work   drama  
Note: Written and performed by Mary Anne Butler
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500klm of wide open road.'

'Mot wakes up one morning to find that her heart is missing from her chest. She can breathe; she has a pulse - but she feels… nothing.'

'So, she decides to go and look for it. With her Dog enlisted as co-pilot, Mot heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts: into the deepest core of the Australian outback - navigating red dirt landscapes, fire and flood, brittle dry-ness, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls. And the further Mot drives into the deepest heart of Australia, the more she realises that everyone around her seems to be missing some vital part of themselves.'

'And then there’s the Dog - full of her own canine wisdom, and trying to guide Mot back on a course towards hope - if only Mot would listen better.'

'An allegory for a country that's lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts is half gritty road journey, half magic realism and all heart. It leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again?' (Source: Cyberpaddock website)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    For John Butler, who gave me the words

    And for Lee Lewis, who helped me to shape them.

    In memory of Savannah (Jessica) Holloway,

    13 May 1983 - 1 May 2008

    And in memory of Piglet, canine co-pilot and furry friend

Production Details

  • Performed at Browns Mart Theatre, Darwin : 21 August 2012


    PRODUCTION MANAGERS: Damien Pree and Brad Fawcett

    COMPOSED BY: Panos Couros

    DIRECTED BY: Lee Lewis

    DESIGNED BY: Kris Bird

    DRAMATURGY: Peter Matheson and Lee Lewis

    LIGHTING DESIGNER: Sean Pardy

    TOUR/STAGE MANAGER: Aimee Gray

    PERFORMED BY: Mary Anne Butler

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      Nightcliff, Darwin, Darwin area, Northern Territory,: 2012 .
      Extent: 32p.
      Description: illustrations in colour, portraits
    • Strawberry Hills, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2014 .
      Extent: 32p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Published April 2014
      ISBN: 9781925005080

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Top End Writers Festival Puts Student and Academic Strength on Show for All to Enjoy 2014 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 18 June vol. 13 no. 363 2014; (p. 19)
'Thirty writers from across the country joined 40 local writers from Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Borroloola as part of this year's program for WordStorm 2014...'
Kick up the Arts Would Benefit Us All Chips Mackinolty , 2016 single work column
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Awards

2016 joint winner Territory Read Award Chief Minister’s Book of the Year
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