A Pair of Pigeons

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A Pair of Pigeons is a domestic sketch in one act by Edward Stirling (1807-1894)[1].

Also referred to as a farce in one act, and has been billed as Two Pigeons.

The original text

The play had its first performance at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 5 November 1857.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1860: Performed as Two Pigeons in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, on 27 February by a company brought together by Charles Fraser and starring Annie Rowlands and Mr Raymond. Also played were John Jones (Buckstone) and Caught by the Ears (Selby).

1860: Performed as A Pair of Pigeons in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, on 5 March by Charles Fraser and his company, along with The Child of the Regiment (Morton) and The Initials (Anon./Tautphoeus?).



"Plays Licensed in 1857 - Royal Holloway University", [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 1932. (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: p.127

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