A Phenomenon in a Smock Frock

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A Phenomenon in a Smock Frock is a one-act comic drama by William Brough (1826–1870)[1].

This is probably the same play which is referred to as The Phenomenon and The Honest Milkman by Sefton Parry (see F.C.L. Bosman 1980, p.69, footnote 92).

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).

1858: Performed as The Honest Milkman (also referred to as The Phenomenon in a report on the performance) by Sefton Parry and his company on 9 April, with The Flying Dutchman (Fitzball), a "Jockey Dance" performed by Mr Gough, and a song sung by J.E.H. English.

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[2]



F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 432-3

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 69, 262

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