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Orana Arts | Orana Arts Receive Create NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Orana Arts has received the Create NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund. Valued at $20,000, the grant will bring Aboriginal theatre for the first time to some regional NSW communities.

A Little Piece of Heaven is written and performed by Wiradjuri Elders Aunty Ruth Carney and Uncle Dick Carney. The play sees the couple tell their own story in their own words, thereby revealing an extraordinary and previously untold tale of Aboriginal life in country NSW through the twentieth century. The play received rave reviews when it was performed for audiences in Narromine and Dubbo in 2018.

With the new NSW Government grant, A Little Piece of Heaven will now be able to tour to Gilgandra (Gilgandra Shire) and Nyngan (Bogan Shire) in the second half of 2019. Both towns are also specially connected to the Carney family and their story.

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.

For more information, contact Orana Arts on 0409 245 020 or