Off Duty

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Off Duty is a domestic comedy in one act by T. Edgar Pemberton (Thomas Edgar Pemberton, 1849-1905)[1]

Originally published with the title in parenthesis, i.e. as "Off Duty".

The original text

First performed at Toole's Theatre, London, on 9 September 1884 and published by Samuel French as Issue 1864 of French's acting edition.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1889: Performed by the Luscombe Searelle company in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, as part of a season of plays with which the company toured the country. A star member of the company was the London comedian, Lionel Brough.


Facsimile version of the 1884 text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]

Online Books by T. Edgar Pemberton, The Online Books Page[3]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.388

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