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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Auspiced project: Highway of Lost Hearts


Friday Nov 19 & Sat Nov 20, BMEC. Nov 26-27, Cowra Civic Centre. A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500 kms of wide open road. An allegory for a country that’s lost its heart.
Bathurst’s own Lingua Franca in collaboration with BMEC present this truly regional story by award-winning Darwin playwright Mary Anne Butler, in a brand-new production starring theatrical powerhouse Kate Smith, with original live music by Central West icons Smith & Jones.

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.

It 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?

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and auspiced by Arts OutWest.

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Friday 19 November 11am & 8pm

Saturday 20 November 2pm & 8pm


Cowra Civic Centre

Friday 26 November 7pm

Saturday 27 November 2pm