Highway of Lost Hearts

Mary Anne Butler

About

A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500km 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, 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 also seem to be missing some vital part of themselves.

An allegory for a country that has lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again?

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Cast & crew

Mary Anne Butler – Writer/performer
Lee Lewis – Director
Kris Bird – Set designer
Panos Couros – Sound designer
Sean Pardy – Lighting designer
Aimee Gray – Tour/stage manager
Damien Pree – Production
Brad Fawcett – Production

Resources

Highway of Lost Hearts was featured on ABC’s Radiotonic program as a four-part series, adapted from the script – have a listen.

Reviews

“… vivid, often hilarious… written and performed with great heart.”

Ingle Knight, NT News

“… the best piece of theatre I’ve seen in years.”

Nicole Beyer, Director, Theatre Network Victoria

“Mary Anne Butler’s new show Highway of Lost Hearts has been creating plenty of buzz.”

Ben Eltham, Crikey

Itinerary

Centre of Contemporary Arts

Cairns, QLD
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Mackay Entertainment Centre

Mackay, QLD
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Tenterfield School of the Arts

Tenterfield, NSW
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The Roxy Theatre

Bingara, NSW
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The Playhouse Hotel

Barraba, NSW
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Civic Centre

Gunnedah, NSW
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The Royal Theatre

Quirindi, NSW
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The Street Theatre

Canberra, ACT
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Mechanics Institute

Williamstown, VIC
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The Lighthouse Theatre

Warrnambool, VIC
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Potato Shed

Drysdale, VIC
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Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong, VIC
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MADE Theatre

Ballarat, VIC
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Mildura Arts Centre

Mildura, VIC
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Lameroo Memorial Hall

Lameroo, SA
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Marion Cultural Centre

Marion, SA
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Barossa Arts and Convention Centre

Tanunda, SA
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Clare Town Hall

Clare, SA
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Institute Theatre

Port Augusta, SA
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Roxby Cultural Centre

Roxby Downs, SA
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Greek Orthodox Community Hall

Cooper Pedy, SA
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Araluen Arts Centre

Alice Springs, NT
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Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre

Katherine, NT
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Darwin Entertainment Centre

Darwin, NT
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Contact

Elizabeth Rogers

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

performing@artbacknt.com.au

08 8941 1444