The Farmer's Story

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The Farmer's Story is a domestic drama in three acts by William Bayle Bernard (1807 –1875)[1].

Also found as The Farmer's Story, or The Three Trials of Life

The original text

A moralistic melodrama consisting of three acts, described in Sefton Parry's publicity as "Act I: Labor and its Lessons; Act II: Wealth and its Consequences; Act III: Want and its Temptations!!!" (Bosman, 1980: p. 81)

Performed on 13 June 1836, at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

Published by J. Duncombe & Co. in 1836 (19th-century Playbooks Collection) and later by Thomas Hailes Lacy, 1871 and by Dicks, 1883 (as Volume 434 of Dicks' standard plays).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Performed as The Farmer's Story, or The Three Trials of Life by the Sefton Parry and his company in the in the Cape Town Theatre, on 25 November, with a "Highland Fling" by Miss Powell and Who'll Lend me Five Shillings? (Anon)


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.78, 81

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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