Kaypuru’s Cave

by Chris Hawes


Age Advice: Junior School

Kaypuru’s Cave is a play written for Theatre Centre by Chris Hawes, in 1980. According to archival material this play was written for junior school children.

This is the story of an Aborigine family in the desert of Northern Australia. They are forced out of their community because city people want to dig up valuable materials in the area. After putting up a fight, and losing not only their home but their brother and son, they finally follow procedures to move. Kaypuru, the father of the family is locked up for attacking the Executive, but Moonchild is still free and living with the other Aborigine families. Little do they know, she’s been using the time to conjure up a different approach to protest. She surprises everyone including her Father when she reveals her plan.


The Whites

Creative Team

Writer:Chris Hawes
Richard Pinner

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.

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