Ross Mueller’s groundbreaking Construction of the Human Heart effortlessly integrates form and content to produce an ambitious and original meditation on loss and the redemptive qualities of communication through art.

At the heart of the play is The Couple, known only as Him and Her, two playwrights dealing with unimaginable loss the only way they know how- by building a fortress of words impregnable to grief. But emotions have a way of emerging through cracks in the walls, and gradually the truth slips past their defences to uncover their very real tragedies.

Nominated for the Melbourne Prize for Literature, the 2007 AWGIE Award for Play of the Year and the New York New Dramatists Award, Construction of the Human Heart is a poignant, funny and devastating look at grief, love and loss in our times by one of Australia’s most exciting independent playwrights.

Presented by fluidity of assemblage as part of the Tasmanian Theatre Company Associates Program, May 18-22, 2011

Directed and produced by Julie Waddington

Him: Matt Stolp
Her: Anna Forward
The Announcer: Guy Hooper


“Director Julie Waddington engages passionately and delicately with award-winning Australian playwright Ross Mueller’s intricate script, and her actors Anna Freeland (‘Her’), Matthew Stolp (‘Him’), and Guy Hooper (‘Announcer’, a voice) are with her all the way.”

Anica Boulanger-Mashberg – The Mercury

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“But while it was a brave choice of subject for this new Hobart-based ensemble it was also a delight to experience such a skilfully-directed and subtly-performed version of this cleverly-constructed very modern play.”

Gai Anderson – Write Response

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