Trial by Jury of Dr Abstinence

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Trial by Jury of Dr Abstinence is an anonymous piece mentioned by F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p.268).

The original text

Whether this was a locally written work, or an imported piece, is unknown, but it was apparently a propaganda piece intended to counter excessive drinking in society.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1863: Performed in the Temperence Hall by the Cape Town Total Abstinence Society in October, it was apparently a successful enough to be repeated in the Music Hall on Church Square later the month.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.268.

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