A woman, a dog, a campervan and 4,500km of wide open road. Mary Anne Butler is an award-winning playwright based in Darwin. Her current play, Highway of Lost Hearts, which will be performed at the Roxy Theatre on Saturday September 6, was born from the grief of losing a friend and is a reminder that everyone can get through their darkest days.
The play follows Mot and her dog on a voyage into the deepest core of the Australian outback in search of her heart.
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 dryness, 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. Itleaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to in order to find it again?
Tickets are $25 adult and $20 and are available at the Bingara Visitor Information Centre or online. Dinner and show packages are also available. [ Find out more… ]