Poor Pillicoddy

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Poor Pillicoddy is a one-act farce by J.M. Morton (1811-1891)[1].

The original text

First performed at the Lyceum Theatre, London 0n 12 July, 1848 and in the USA in the National Theatre, Boston in the same year.

Published in London and New York by Samuel French in 1848 and numerous times in the USA, inter alia by Turner & Fisher, 1845 (1848??), O.A. Roorbach, [1854?], Samuel French (1857) and Clinton T. de Witt in 1877(?).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed by the Amateurs of the Band on 17 February in the Garrison Theatre at Keiskamma Hoek, with a cast consisting of W. Dansie (Mr Pillicoddy), W. Allan (Captain O'Skuttle), M. Rafferty (Mrs Pillicoddy), T. Smith (Mrs O'Skuttle), J. Durnsey (Sarah Blunt). Also performed were a scene from Venice Preserved (Otway) and The Omnibus or A Convenient Distance (). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)

1867: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 28 May by the Le Roy's Original Company , with Capitola, or The Masked Mother and The Hidden Hand (Hazlewood). The evening was offered as a benefit for Le Roy, and the cast was augmented by Miss J. Caldazo of the Bailey-Poussard Company.



Facsimile version of the 1877 edition by De Witt, The Digital Archive[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 168, 169, 222, 226, 323, 324.

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 12. Febuary 28, 1862.

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