The Girl Who Took the Wrong Turning

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The Girl Who Took the Wrong Turning is a melodrama by Walter Melville (1875–1937)[1].

The original text

One of the so-called "Bad Women Dramas" by Frederick Melville and Walter Melville, i.e. plays with a strong moral theme, very much suited to the tastes of the day.

First performed in the Standard Theatre, London, in 1906.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1910: Performed by the visiting Walter Melville Dramatic Company in the Opera House, Cape Town under the auspices of the Wheeler Theatre Company.


Elaine Ashton and Ian Clarke. 1996. "The Dangerous Woman of Melvillean Melodrama" in New Theatre Quarterly 45: Volume 12, Part 1 (pp.30-42.)[2]

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 1923. (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: pp. 434

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