A Little Piece of Heaven

Aunty Ruth Carney (Wiradjuri), Uncle Dick Carney (Wiradjuri)
08–11 May $15–25 45 minutes

An extraordinary story of Wiradjuri Elders Ruth and Dick Carney, A Little Piece of Heaven is a piece of oral history and a slice of Australian life that has largely gone untold.

Starting on a dusty old bridge where they first fell in love as teenagers, the couple have led a truly remarkable life in country NSW. In 55 years of marriage, Dick and Ruth Carney have been through loss and triumph, learning and growing together, and building a life that is testament to their endurance, generosity and love.

The Elders tell their story in their words, revealing a riveting tale of Aboriginal life. From humble beginnings on a campsite near Warren, the story moves through the Western shearing sheds and the dances where Dick faces rejection. In Narromine, the shearer finds a home, a community, acceptance and enduring love.


Wheelchair Accessible Highly Visual


  • Actor/Playwright: Uncle Dick Carney
  • Actor/Playwright: Aunty Ruth Carney
  • Creative Director: John Harvey
  • Producer: Michelle Hall
  • Production Designer: Alison Ross
  • Emerging Producer/Actor: Danielle Andrews
  • Digital Producer: Annie McKinnon

Additional Info

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