What a Thing is Man?

by Stanley Evernden

1973 - 1974

Age Advice: Older Seniors and Students

What a Thing is Man is a play written by Stanley Evernden for Theatre Centre. Theatre Centre toured this play to older seniors in schools from 1973 to 1974.

The Devil establishes himself as Editor of the greatest of the daily newspapers – The World. On him depends people’s knowledge of what the news is – what the world is really like. However, having dinned into his staff what their function is, and what view they must take of man, he is quite willing for them understand the truth in order that they may distort it. We begin to see something of the place of man in the universe and of the human predicament as it has been interpreted by eminent writers, from the bible to the present day.


Nick, Woman 1, Woman 2, Man 1, Man 2, Danforth, Elizabeth, Proctor, Hale, Parris, Rebecca, Faustus, Pusher, Gluttony, First Scholar, Second Scholar, Mephistophilis, Lechery, Good Angel, Evil Angel, Wrath, Covetousness, Lawyer 1, Lawyer 2, Adam, Eve, Angelic Figure, Voice of God.

Creative Team

Producer: Roger Watkins
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.

"Because God is a democrat and I am the Leader of His Majesty's opposition. Between us we discover just how good or bad man can be."


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