The Shifting Heart by Richard Beynon

The Shifting Heart by Richard Beynon is set in the backstreets of Collingwood Melbourne in the late 1950’s.  The Bianchi family have immigrated from Italy and have been living in Australia for eight years.  Tonight is Christmas Eve.  Maria the daughter of the Bianchi’s is married to Clarry, a scrape metal worker and pregnant with their first child.  Gino her brother is keen to go to the dance at the Collingwood Town Hall, but will he be welcome there.  Well, he’s not really Australian is he?  The Shifting Heart is an insight into the psychology of racisim and its victims.  Directed by Amanda Price and cast with a hugely talented cast of local actors, The Shifting Heart is funny and tragically poignant.