Wed 8 – Sat 11 April, 2019

Footscray Community Arts Centre


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.

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Footscray Community Arts Centre presents an Orana Arts production, in partnership with Brown Cabs and YIRRAMBOI.



Written by John Harvey  Songs by Lydia Fairhall

Raye is struggling, a country music star in the making. Riding her luck, she’s playing pub to pub along Australia’s vast desert highways, flogging demo CDs for ten bucks a piece until she can go home to Alice and look her son Elvis in the eye. Then Raye’s life becomes entwined with that of another wanderer and a love affair unfurls over the four-day drive to Alice Springs.

From Brown Cab Productions, Heart is a Wasteland is a luminous journey towards the recognition of everyone’s worthiness of, and right to, love.

**** ‘impressive…delivers a strong, affecting narrative, powered in part by the freedom that flows from Indigenous voices telling Indigenous stories.’ – The Age

‘refined and handsome’  – The Australian

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Aaron Pedersen & Ursula Yovich, Heart Is A Wasteland.

Premiere season presented at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne (2017).