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In the Heart of Our Past, 2014. Keiran Carroll

Kieran Carroll Residency

Rural Residency Program, November 2012
The Cad Factory, Narrandera NSW

Melbourne playwright Kieran Carroll spent his residency researching, talking to locals, going to the museum, to the library and even getting his hair cut in order to develop a script based on characters from Narrandera.

The script was then presented as a drive-in radio play, In the Heart of Our Past, at the Narrandera Train Station where audiences listened to the actors through their car radios. Kieran, Vic McEwan and local artists collaborated to create the final production.​

Rural Residency Program

The Cad Factory Rural Residency Program invites national and international artists to work at the Old Birrego School, a remote, disused, one room school built in 1886. The project aims to increase opportunities for exposure to high quality artistic programming in regional Australia and allow communities to engage with artistic process during the creation of major site specific artwork(s).

This program affords artists the opportunity to consider their practice within the remote horizons of the Australian landscape and its immense panorama of time and space.  Each artist will maintain a blog during their residency.



Kieran Carroll has had fourteen plays produced in Australia including four at La Mama, Melbourne and three at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney. Recent works include The Giraffe's Uncle (Newtown Theatre) and 3XY OR I DIE! (Old Fitzroy Theatre). He holds an MA in playwriting from QUT Brisbane and has been awarded playwriting residencies in France and America.

Kieran also runs theatre workshops and is a nationally published poet and short story writer, his work appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies such as The Age and Sunday Age.


This project was supported by the Regional Arts Fund.

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