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A one act farce by J.M. (John Maddison) Morton. It is based on a French one-act vaudeville, Frisette (by Labiche and Lefranc), which had been produced in Paris in 1846.

First produced at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 1 November 1847, billed as a "romance of real life, it became a popular nineteenth century play.

Performance history in South Africa

1850: Performed on 17 September by "Captain Hall's Company" (popular name at the time for the Garrison Players) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town , as an afterpiece to A New Way to Pay Old Debts (Massinger).

1853: Performed on Monday 31 October by the Amateur Company in the Garrison Theatre, alongside Power and Principle (Barnett) and Circumstantial Evidence (Carew). The presentation was apparently repeated Monday 7 November.

1854: Performed on 29 March in King William's Town (Eastern Cape) by the soldiers of the garrison, possibly with The Irishman in London (Macready), in the presence of the Governor General.

1855: Part of the repertoire and thus possibly performed by the G.V. Brooke company in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, during the revictualling of their vessel en route to the Australian goldfields in 1854-55.

Translations and adaptations


Bosman, 1928: pp. , 409-412

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