New show to tug at hearts

Heart­land’s poignant sto­ries of drought

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE / ENTERTAINER - Emily Hal­lo­ran

FARM­ERS bat­tling in the grip of drought have been do­ing it tough in the past decade and a new show on the Gold Coast is shin­ing a light on just how bad things have been.

Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar’s new show, Heart­land, is a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar Vil­lage Road­show project that will tug at the heart­strings, says Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar gen­eral man­ager Shane Phillips.

“The new show is all about strug­gling Aus­tralians try­ing to deal with the drought,” he said.

“It’s about peo­ple try­ing to save their prop­er­ties to pass on to the next gen­er­a­tion.

“I would be sur­prised if any­one could get through the show with­out shed­ding a tear.

“We have new state-of-the-art pro­jec­tion map­ping tech­nol­ogy that makes it so re­al­is­tic you’ll feel it.”

The new production took about 12 months to de­velop and is re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous four-year-long show High Coun­try.

Au­di­ences will recog­nise a num­ber of well-known faces in the cast.

“The main ac­tor is Robert Colby (Rush, Pa­trol Boat, A Place to Call Home) and we also have co­me­dian Mark Mitchell (The Com­edy Com­pany, Neigh­bours, Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan, The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies) who is very well known in most Aus­tralian house­holds,” Mr Phillips said.

“Most of the ac­tors are over 50 years old as they are rep­re­sent­ing a par­tic­u­lar decade.”

The show launches on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at out­back­spec­


A RARE BREED: A scene from the Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar's new show Heart­land.

Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar has a new show start­ing on De­cem­ber 7.

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