Highway of Lost Hearts

“…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

Highway of Lost Hearts

Photographer: Todd Williams

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, 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?

You can hear Mary Anne talking about Highway of Lost Hearts on ABC Weekend Arts.

Reviews from Highway of Lost Hearts’ national tour.


Writer/Performer: Mary Anne Butler
Director: Lee Lewis
Dramaturgy: Peter Matheson and Lee Lewis
Set Designer: Kris Bird
Sound Designer: Panos Couros
Lighting Designer: Sean Pardy
Tour/Stage Manager: Aimee Gray
Production Managers: Damien Pree (NT, SA, ACT) / Brad Fawcett (NSW, Qld)


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Australia Council for the ArtsNorthern Territory Government
Brown's Mart TheatreTim Fairfax Family Foundation
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Artback NT acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we perform or exhibit.