They Found a Cave was Tasmanian author, Nan Chauncy’s first full-length novel and was accepted in 1947 by Oxford University Press in England which was impressed with the freshness of its bush setting and its characterisation of children.
The story is set in Tasmania during World War II. Jandie runs a modest farm holding near Valleeroo. She has engaged Mr and Mrs Pinner to help her out on the farm because of Mr Pinner’s experience with sheep, Mrs Pinner’s cooking and housekeeping skills, and their son Tas to help as a farm hand. Janie's nieces and nephews are evacuated to the farm during the London blitz and the four children find a new way of life exciting and challenging.
2018 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the first publication in 1948 of Nan Chauncy's classic children’s novel.
Liz Connor has adapted Nan’s story to the stage and Rod Gray will direct the show which he hopes will bring the story to a new generation of readers.
CAST OF THEY FOUND A CAVE ANNOUNCED
Nigel Tom Steel
Cherry Isabel Burdick
Tas Inigo Wadsley
Red Ailbhe Szypura
Nippy Sen Graham
Aunt Jandie Tiffany Eckhardt
Mrs Pinner Al Hine
Mr Pinner Tony Robbie
Mad Dad Williams Barry Purkiss
Mrs Fancy Marg Rae
Sergeant Bentley Stuart Nichols