A Little Piece of Heaven
A Little Piece of Heaven is the story of Uncle Dick and Aunty Ruth Carney, Wiradjuri Elders and active members of the Narromine community. The couple has led a truly extraordinary life in country New South Wales. In 55 years of marriage, Uncle Dick and Aunty Ruth Carney have experienced loss and triumph, learned and grown together, and built a life that is a testament to their endurance, generosity and love. A Little Piece of Heaven is their first work as playwrights and actors.
From humble beginnings on a campsite near Warren, the story moves through the western shearing sheds and the dances where Dick faces rejection and finds acceptance, to Narromine, where the shearer finds a home, a community, and enduring love.
‘We always dance together. When I’m too fast she pulls me up, when I’m too slow, she goes, “Come on”, but we do it together.’ – Dick Carney
Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 May, 7pm
Saturday 11 May, 2pm
VENUE: FCAC Performance
Full $25 / Concession $15
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders: FREE
John Harvey is of Torres Strait Island (Saibai Island) and English descent and is a producer, director and writer working in theatre and film. John is the Creative Director of BROWN CABS a Melbourne based independent Indigenous production company collaborating with some of the country’s most exciting and ambitious Indigenous storytellers. John’s distinct creative voice and passion for pushing form has seen him extend his story telling writing and directorial roles in recent years.
In theatre, John has produced many First Nation theatre works for presentation at major festivals and venues across the country with BROWN CABS and as the former General Manager of IIbijerri Theatre. John has directed and produced numerous documentaries for ABC Arts, ABC TV and NITV and has produced several Indigenous films that have been broadcast on ABC and screened in festivals nationally and internationally including his debut film SPEAR.
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents an Orana Arts production, in partnership with Brown Cabs and YIRRAMBOI.
1- Uncle Dick Carney. Image by Paris Norton.