Daring Hands

by Stanley Evernden

Early 1970's

Age Advice: 9 - 11

Daring Hands is a play written by Stanley Evernden for Theatre Centre. The exact year the play toured is unknown but it is thought to be from the early 1970’s.

This play is about a father named Manutho who lives in fear on the land of Orinca. He is guided by religion and the fear of God. His country suffers from a terrible drought, and he and his family try hard to share out the resources wisely. The water will soon run out. He is certain he is being punished but he is unaware of what may have brought it upon him. There is however the Great Roaring Water, which he believes is holy so he would not dare to consider taking from it. Until his daughter Koosoo, comes across a single Vulture Ant, which are believed (in large numbers) to bring terror and to wipe out everything in their path. In a desperate bid to survive, Manutho takes advice from his friend Venturo and agrees to use the Great Roaring Water to wipe out the threat of the Vulture Ants. His only concern now is how to bring the large body of water across.


Professor Haywire
Doctor Venturo
First Priestess
Second Priestess

Creative Team

Writer: Stanley Evernden

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.

"Your Gods are kind. They have given you a land where the sun shines always; and near you they have put a mighty river so that you may water your land and make it flower like Paradise."


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