The Electric Man

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The Electric Man is a play by Charles Hannan (Robert Charles Hannan, 1863-1922)[1]

The original text

A science fiction story, the play tells of a primitive Robot that is mistaken for the hero of the events, with farcical consequences. Apparently it was originally written as a three-act play and first performed November 1906 New Royalty Theatre, London - though not published. It became quite a popular play in its time. In 1910 it was reworked to a one-act version of the same name and published in London by Samuel French.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1907: The three-act version by the Leonard Rayne company as part of its touring repertoire, including performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, during April.


Everett Franklin Bleiler. 1990. Science-fiction, the Early Years, Kent State University Press: p. 942, Google e-book[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.427

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