The Workman

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The Workman is a play by Edward Towers ()[].

The Workman, or The Shadow on the Hearth is a drama in five acts by Frank Harvey

Also known simply as The Workman

Originally acted at Theatre Royal, Sunderland, 10th May, 1880.

Performed for the first time in the Australian colonies on October 4 1884 as The Workman at the Princess Theatre Melbourne.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1887: A play called The Workman (ascribed to Edward Towers by Boonzaier, 1923) was performed as part of the repertoire of the Wheeler Theatre Company when they played in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town during April and May. Probably directed by Sutton Vane.


The Era Almanack (Publisher Era, 1880), p.83 [1]

The Theatre, Volume 14 (Wyman & Sons, 1885, p. 41 [2]

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 384

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