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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Heart Is a Wasteland
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'Raye is struggling, a country music star in the making. Riding her luck, she’s playing pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, flogging demo CDs for ten bucks a piece until she can go home to Alice and look her son Elvis in the eye. Then Raye’s life becomes entwined with that of another wanderer and a love affair unfurls over the four-day drive to Alice Springs.

'Heart is a Wasteland sees John and Margaret Harvey combine theatre, film and live music in this intimate portrait of two travellers that cuts to the country’s heart. Two of Australia’s most revered actors, Ursula Yovich (Love and Information) and Aaron Pedersen (Water Rats, Mystery Road, Goldstone) come together to portray two achingly beautiful characters in a whiskey-fuelled battle of egos and hidden scars.

'Heart is a Wasteland is a luminous journey towards the recognition of everyone’s worthiness of, and right to, love.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Produced by Malthouse Theatre, 29 June - 16 July 2017.

    Direction: Margaret Harvey.

    Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Ursula Yovich, and Anna Liebzeit.

    Dramaturgy: Mark Pritchard.

    Produced by John Harvey.

    Production Design: Alison Ross.

    Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus.

    AV Design: Desmond Connellan.

    Musical Director and Sound Design: Anna Liebzeit.

    Sound Design: Steve Stelios Adam.

    Songs by Lydia Fairhall.

    Stage Manager: Ainsley Kerr.

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Works about this Work

Actor Aaron Pedersen Steve Dow , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19-25 August 2017;

'As a proud Arrernte–Arabana man, actor Aaron Pedersen believes that through his work and profile he can make inroads into uniting Australia. “We’re the only country in the Commonwealth that doesn’t have a treaty. It’s ridiculous. What are they scared of?” ' 

Actor Aaron Pedersen Steve Dow , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19-25 August 2017;

'As a proud Arrernte–Arabana man, actor Aaron Pedersen believes that through his work and profile he can make inroads into uniting Australia. “We’re the only country in the Commonwealth that doesn’t have a treaty. It’s ridiculous. What are they scared of?” ' 

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