Orana Arts receives grant for A Little Piece of Heaven

CULTURE INJECTION: The Orana Arts play features, and is written by, Wiradjuri elders Ruth and Dick Carney, who can now perform it for local communities. Photo: PORTIA LINDSAY
CULTURE INJECTION: The Orana Arts play features, and is written by, Wiradjuri elders Ruth and Dick Carney, who can now perform it for local communities. Photo: PORTIA LINDSAY

A play written and performed by Aunty Ruth Carney and Uncle Dick Carney will be performed for local communities thanks to a NSW government grant.

Orana Arts has received $20,000 through the annual Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund.

It will allow Orana Arts to deliver performances of the Carneys’ play A Little Piece of Heaven in Nyngan and Gilgardra after sold out performances in Dubbo and Narromine.

Orana Arts executive director Alicia Leggett said the play, directed by John Harper from Melbourne, told the story of the Carneys starting with growing up in Warren and covering their 55 years of marriage.

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Ms Leggett said it showed how unity and love could help them overcome the struggles they faced.

“It can make you laugh and it can make you cry, and that’s life,” she said.

Ms Leggett said there was a theory that high quality art and theatre only came from metropolitan areas, but the play proved that wrong.

The play will also be performed in Melbourne.

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW.

Dubbo MP Troy Grant said he was excited to see the outcome of Orana Arts’ upcoming project.