6 – 24 September 2017

“I want to live life well. I want to be involved. To be hands on, to experience the day to day. To deal with real flesh and blood. To invest, absolutely, in someone who needs me. And who I will love unconditionally. I have no doubt that I will make an excellent mother.”

Punctuated by moments of catharsis and joy, BIG HEART is the story of a woman who adopts a child from each of the continents. She believes she offers the children a better life, free from poverty, war, or neglect.

Formidable Writer/Director duo Dee and Cornelius, known for their multi 2016 Green Room award winning production SHIT (2015) and a fearless approach to theatre-making, place Australian identity at the centre of a cross-examination from all corners of the globe, in a show exploring themes of multiculturalism, racism and the love between mother and child.

"What a superb piece of writing, so magnificently realised. Big Heart should be mandatory viewing in an ever-burgeoning multicultural Australia. It is undoubtedly one of the year’s best offerings – theatre as it should be – challenging, controversial and highly entertaining."
THE BLURB MAGAZINE

"A perfect choreography of audio-visual harmony unfolds as chaos tinges the story itself. Bodies move through the stage strategically and symbolically. No movement is made in vain. Visually speaking, the play is exquisite. Storytelling-wise, it is audacious and marked by conflict."
THE PLUS ONES

"Patricia Cornelius writes incisively and powerfully, and she is confrontational in a quite different way. Susie Dee’s direction adds layers, amplifies and reveals the argument. Big Heart questions the myth of our ‘big heart’ but does so by revealing the moral complexities beneath the myth. This is a play that lingers in the mind – in its ideas and its images. "
STAGE WHISPERS

“The long working partnership of Dee and Cornelius continues to look at the unexamined aspects of life and to unsettle, which I love. Big Heart – an irony in itself – will linger in your thoughts, as it does for me. Recommended.”
STAGE NOISE

“The ensemble cast does a wonderful job of portraying her kids from their infancy to adulthood, developing authentic relationships and highlighting the ways in which the family dynamic changes as they grow older.”
WEEKEND NOTES

“This elegant production pivots around Swifte's sympathetic but blinkered centre, with five adult actors – Daniela Farinacci, Elmira Jurik, Kasia Kaczmarek, Sermsah Bin Saad, and Vuyo Loko – playing the children to stylised choric effect.”
THE AGE

“The dialogue is tightly written, at times humorous with many moments of poignant observation, most especially when it comes to mothering issues and the need of teenagers to distance themselves from their parents.”
AUSTRALIAN STAGE

TICKETS
Full – $38
Concession – $30

DURATION
90 Minutes No Interval

Written by
PATRICIA CORNELIUS
Directed by
SUSIE DEE
Set and Costume Designer
MARG HORWELL
Lighting Designer
RACHEL BURKE
Sound Designer & Composer
DARIUS KEDROS
Assistant Director
LYALL BROOKS
Production / Stage Manager
CLAIRE SHEPHERD
Producer
LAURA MILKE-GARNER
Photography by
PIER CARTHEW
Cast
ANDREA SWIFTE, DANIELA FARINACCI, KASIA KACZMAREK, VUYO LOKO, ELMIRA JURIK, SERMSAH BIN SAAD (SURI)

Theatre Works & Dee and Cornelius present

Big Heart

By Patricia Cornelius