Fish Out of Water, or Cookery and Clerkship

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Fish Out of Water, or Cookery and Clerkship is a farce in one act by Joseph Lunn (1784-1863)[1].

Also found as Fish out of Water

Not to be confused with Fish out of Water a full-length farce by Derek Benfield (1926–2009)[2], or A Fish out of Water a "An existential play" in one act by Thomas Gray ()[]

The original text

First performed 26 August, 1823, at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London and printed both in Helsenberg's Modern English Comic Theatre, (5th series) in 1843 and in T.H. Lacy, vol. xvi.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Performed as Fish out of Water in Simon's Town by the amateurs of "the Royal Naval Theatre of the H.M.S. Megaera" in the Simon's Town Theatre on 28 March, along with a scene from Macbeth (performed "in character" by Captain Nightingale), Make your Wills (Mayhew and Smith) and The Thumping Legacy (Morton)


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.165

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