'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)
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
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