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.


The Children
Nigel        Tom Steel
Cherry    Isabel Burdick
Tas        Inigo Wadsley
Red        Ailbhe Szypura
Nippy        Sen Graham

The Adults
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

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