Big Hand, Little Hand


The play deals with themes of time, the seasons and the cycles of life and ageing. A 'boy' prepares the audience for the arrival of the 'daughter of the moon', who is very old, only comes to earth 'once in a blue moon', and can only stay for one night. When she arrives, poetic images of the moon, childhood and the cycle of life are evoked as she and the boy play together. Finally, after dwelling on the nature of dreams, memories and the loss of loved relatives, it is time for her to return to the sky. To soften the boy's sadness, she explains the inevitability of ageing by paralleling it with the water cycle, demonstrating with a blue cloth that emerges, shimmers over the audience and then retreats.

  • fantasy
  • 50
  • 2 total
  • 1 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 16 to 18, 18+, 8 to 12, 12 to 16
  • children, teen, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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He (The Boy)

Gender Unspecified | Child | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 1

EXTRACT: In Vietnam the people look up at the moon and see a boy sitting under a banyan tree.His name is cuoi. Once he lived on the earth and had a magic banyan tree. One day, the magic banyan tree flew up into the air and Cuoi grabbed onto its roots to keep it on the ground. But the magic banyan tree kept flying higher and higher Higher and higher Until it landed on the moon. Now Cuoi sits under the tree on the moon and looks down at the earth.

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