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A Lingua Franca Production

Highway of Lost Hearts

6 Jun 24

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by Mary Anne Butler, with original live music by Smith & Jones

A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500km of wide open road.



6-7 June 2024


7.30pm, Thur 6 June 2024 

7.30pm, Fri 7 June 2024


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Running time

70 minutes, no interval

Audience advice

Adult themes, occasional coarse language.

Recommended for ages 12+


$30 – $59.90*

*Early Bird pricing has ended for this event

Group 8+$54.90ea
Adult Member$54.90
Concession Member$49.90
30 & Under$30




A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500kms 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, brittle dryness, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls.

An allegory for a country that’s lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts by Mary Anne Butler 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?

Bathurst’s Lingua Franca present this truly regional story, in a brand-new production starring theatrical powerhouse Kate Smith, with original live music by Central West icons Smith & Jones.

Playwright Mary Anne Butler
Director Adam Deusien

Highway of Lost Hearts was a co-production between Lingua Franca and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s Local Stages program.

… makes one ponder matters of the heart that go beyond the world of the play. This outstanding production is not to be missed ★★★★★