In the isolated community of Wala Wala, Senior Constable Ray Lorkin struggles to keep an uneasy peace between Aboriginal tradition and the law he is sworn to uphold. But when a local man dies in mysterious circumstances, Ray decides he can no longer do things ‘blackfella way’.
1993 The Australian Human Rights Award
1993 The NSW Premier’s Literary Award for stage
1993 AWGIE, Best Stage Play
‘Dead Heart is Australian history in the making, as In the Heat of the Night was for America in the sixties … Dead Heart touches the near extinct life that just beats beneath Australian society …’ – The Times, London
‘Dead Heart … asks how blacks and whites can continue with different value systems … The question is a burning one not only in Australia but in every other country where multicultural identities come into conflict.’ – Time Magazine
‘A fantastic, totally unforgettable production.’ – The Observer, London
‘… the force and impact of Dead Heart (is) in it’s devastating lack of resolution; and its tough minded complexity.’ – the Sun Herald, Sydney