Hearts of Fire is a drama with a comic edge which deals with the trauma associated with the aftermath of bush fires. It is set during both the 1994 NSW fires and the Macedon Ash Wednesday fires in 1983. Carl was a CFA volunteer at the age of 20 and was traumatised by the death of his girlfriend during Ash Wednesday. For ten years he has not held down a job, a relationship or a home, drinks to excess and has never sought counselling, unlike his brother and friends in Macedon. In 1994, he meets Maeve and they begin a relationship, but both are keeping secrets about their pasts. During the NSW fires, Carl revisits his past experience at Macedon and reveals all to Maeve, who in turn reveals why she left her adopted home in England. The play ends with Carl returning to Macedon to visit the site of his trauma.

  • drama
  • 90
  • 7 total
  • 3 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 18+, 16 to 18
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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