A Phenomenon in a Smock Frock is a one-act comic drama by William Brough (1826–1870).
Also found as The Phenomenon and The Honest Milkman.
The original text
First performed in the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London, on 13 December 1852. Published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in the same year.
Performance history in South Africa
1855: Performed in Cape Town on Thursday 26 July by Sefton Parry as part of his farewell performance, along with The Lottery Ticket (Beazley) and Buried Alive, or The Visit to Japan (M'Pherson).
1868: Performed in Cape Town by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 26 June, with The Two Bonnycastles (Morton), a dance by Lieutenant Moir and a song ("Sarah's Sunday Out") by C. Hayes.
Translations and adaptations
Facsimile version of the 1852 text, as published by Lacy, Hathi Trust Digital Library
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. : pp. 432-3
F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 262
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