Orana Arts is pleased to announce a successful application to the Create NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund. The $20,000 grant will bring Aboriginal theatre — for the first time — to some regional NSW communities. Performances of A Little Piece Of Heaven, written and performed by Wiradjuri Elders Aunty Ruth Carney and Uncle Dick Carney, will be staged in the Gilgandra Shire and Bogan Shire localities later in 2019.
In A Little Piece of Heaven the couple tell their story in their own words, delivering a truly extraordinary and previously untold tale of Aboriginal life in country NSW through the twentieth century. The show received rave reviews when it was performed for Narromine and Dubbo audiences in 2018, with one audience member saying that the show:
“…gave me an important and extraordinary insight into the hardships experienced by Aoriginal people in rural Australia through the voices of those who had lived it. It also spoke to the dignity, integrity and strength of Aunty Ruth Carney and Uncle Dick Carney, and their love for each other. They have brought a special light to me personally.”
The NSW Government funding will enable the show to tour to Gilgandra and Nyngan, towns which share a special connection to the Carney family and their story. The tour will take place in the second half of this year.
Orana Arts Executive Director Alicia Rodriguez Leggett calls A Little Piece of Heaven:
“An authentic voice for regional theatre that transcends the place of its creation due to the universal themes of love, loss, grief and joy.”
The production has been created by an Aboriginal led artistic team under the direction of acclaimed theatre-maker John Harvey of Brown Cab Productions. A Little Piece of Heaven will also tour to Melbourne’s Footscray Community Arts Centre in May as part of the Yirramboi Festival.
A Little Piece of Heaven is proudly presented with support from the NSW Government.