Theatre Works and Dee & Cornelius present

Big Heart

6 September 2017 - 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.

Australian Premiere

70 minutes. No interval.
Tickets $38 Adult / $30 Concession


Patricia Cornelius


Susie Dee

Production and Costume Designer

Marg Horwell


Anna Liebzeit


Rachel Burke

Dee & Cornelius

PATRICIA CORNELIUS is one of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated playwrights. Her partnership with director  SUZIE DEE is one that is celebrated for their fearless approach to theatre making.


You walk out feeling as if you haven’t quite breathed for the duration of the show.

Alison Croggon, ABC Arts on SHIT

I don’t understand why every theatre company in the country (and beyond) isn’t competing to get the next Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee play.

Anne-Marie Peard, Aussie Theatre Review on SHIT

The creative development of Big Heart has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Big Heart was developed with the assistance of Playwriting Australia, as part of the National Script Workshop.