Shocking Events

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Shocking Events is a farce in one act by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879)[1]

The original text

First performed at Madame Vestris’s Royal Olympic Theatre, January 15 1838. Published in Dicks' standard plays, no. 808 (with A dead shot) and also in Leipsic (sic) by Hartung, 1845 (in Volume 11 of The modern English comic theatre Issue 30 of Webster's acting national drama.)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1850: Performed by the Garrison Amateur Players under the leadership of Captain Hall on 9 August as afterpiece to The Rose of Arragon (Knowles). F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p. 399) quotes his source as saying it was "Hall's favourite farce" and apparently misreading it, suggests that the company had wrongly attributed the play to Captain Hall.

1860: Performed in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, by the Cape Town Dramatic Club on 15 June, with Payable on Demand (Taylor) and a performance of the brass band of the 59th Regiment.


Facsimile of the 1845 edition, Google eBook[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: p. 399,

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.153

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