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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
HIGHWAY of lost hearts
Supporting: Lingua Franca's new production of Mary Anne Butler's play

Update: Highway of Lost hearts will tour NSW in May and June 2024.



Thursday 16th May



Laycock Theatre

Saturday 18th May



Griffith Regional Theatre

Wednesday 29th May



Glen Street Theatre

Friday 31st May

Saturday 1st June – 2pm & 7:30pm shows



Capitol Theatre

Tuesday 4th June



The Q

Thursday 6th June

Friday 7th June 



Riverside Theatres

Friday 14th June – 11am & 8pm shows

Saturday15th June – 2pm & 8pm shows




Arts OutWest was again proud to auspice the making of a new theatre production by Lingua Franca and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

‘Highway of Lost Hearts’ by Mary Anne Butler starring Kate Smith, Sophie Jones, Abby Smith was performed Friday 19-120 November 2021 at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and 26-27 November at Cowra Civic Centre.

As auspicing body Arts OutWest took in the funding and managed artist contracts and fees and payment of production expenses.

About ‘Highway of Lost Hearts’

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 team of regional creatives are independently accomplished artists whose skills have been harnessed by the Lingua Franca theatrical company as well as Bathurst’s Local Stages. The result of this collaborationhas resulted in a production that is winsome, lyrical and at times even transcendent… This outstanding production is not to be missed. – Arts Hub



A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500 kms of wide open road. An allegory for a country that’s lost its heart.

Location: Bathurst, Cowra 2021

NSW tour: Bathurst, Gosford, Griffith, Belrose, Tamworth, Queanbeyan, Parramatta –2024

(2021) Funded by: This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and auspiced by Arts OutWest.

(2024) Funded by: Supported by Arts On Tour and NSW Government with support from Arts OutWest.

Partners with:  Lingua Franca, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre


Highway of Lost Hearts
By Mary Anne Butler
A Lingua Franca and BMEC Local Stages production
Performed by Kate Smith
Original live music by Smith & Jones
Director: Adam Deusien
Designer: Annemaree Dalziel
Lighting and Technical Designer: Becky Russell
Set Design: Annemaree Dalziel and Becky Russell
Stage Manager (2021) Kylie Shead (2024) Maddie Osbourne