The Wages of Sin or Perfidious Piecework

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The Wages of Sin or Perfidious Piecework is a [melodrama]] by Andrew Sachs (1930-2016)[1].

Also found with the shorter title The Wages of Sin.

The original text

Described by the Tewkesbury Arts & Drama Society website[2] as a "classic melodrama.. [that]..has a Chairman, a good guy, a villain, a pretty girl and everything you expect from a melodrama, including High Drama, a fight, lasciviousness, lust, temptation and horrible deaths.... after being stabbed with a pistol."

Though not listed in plays by German-born British actor and playwright Andrew Sachs [3], most other sources do suggest he was the author.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1978: Staged as a lunch-hour presentation at The Space (Cape Town) in 1978, directed by Nigel Stevenson with Gillian Burl, Scott Hawker, Corinne Willoughby and Guy Willoughby. The stage manager was Pam Mills.


Astbury 1979.

The Sound of Laughter by Peter Kay, page 67, referring to the uncertainty of authorship of The Wages of Sin: [4]

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