The Mogul Tale, or The Descent of the Balloon

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A farce in two acts by Elizabeth Inchbald (1753-1821)[1]

The original text

Satirising the scientific pretensions through a tale of a couple from Wapping, England, who go ballooning, get blown off course and land on the Seraglio of the Mogul in Constantinople

First performed at the Theatre-Royal, Smoke-Alley, Dublin and published 1788

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1828: Produced in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the English Theatrical Amateur Company on 9 May, as a benefit for Mrs Black, with an interlude called Reformation (Anon.) and Trick for Trick, or The Admiral's Daughter (Anon.).


Barbara M. Benedict. Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry (University of Chicago Press, 2002):pp. 223-5 - Google eBook[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: pp. 201,

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