The Rifle and How to Use It

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The Rifle and How to Use It is a farce in one act by J. V. Bridgeman (1819-1889)[1].

The original text

First performed in the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, on 20 September 1859, and published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1860: Performed as The Rifle and How to Use It in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the Sefton Parry company on 14 February, under the patronage of the Cape Volunteer Corps. It played as afterpiece to Grist to the Mill, or The Miser of Verdun (Planché).


Facsimile version of the 1859 Lacy edition, Hathitrust Digital Library[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.78.

Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg.

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