y Robbery Under Arms single work   drama   - Five acts
First known date: 1890 Issue Details: First known date: 1890 1890
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Adaptations

y Robbery Under Arms Alfred Rolfe , 1911 9199544 1911 single work screenplay
form y Captain Starlight : or, Gentleman of the Road Alfred Rolfe , Australia : Spencer's Pictures , 1911 6185853 1911 single work film/TV historical fiction crime

According to contemporary reviews:

'Miss Lily Dampier, Mr. Alfred Rolfe, and other artists carry on the action of the bushranging story, in which are several exciting pictures of horses at racing speed flying over logs and streams in rough country. In the elaborate series of clearly screened pictures taken by the Lyceum staff the situations revealed open at the home of the Marstons, passes on to an exciting race for the Gold Cup, won by Rainbow, shows how the bushrangers stick up the mail coach at the Rocky Rises, and exhibits Sir Ferdinand Morringer threatened with death in Terrible Hollow at the hands of the brutal Dan Moran, and his rescue by Starlight. One of the most applauded of the scenes last night was the burning of the stables and the rescue of the horses, and Starlight's Last Stand also excited enthusiasm.'

Source:

'Lyceum - "Captain Starlight"', Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March 1911, p.p.

Notes

  • When Robbery under Arms was revived by Dampier in 1896, the first act remained as per the original, but other acts were 'cut, altered, padded, and re-fixed'. (Free-Lance, 1.23 (29 September 1896): 5)

Production Details

  • First produced at the Alexandra Theatre, Melbourne, 1 March 1890.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: Currency Press , Australasian Drama Studies , 1985 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Robbery Under Arms : From the Novel by Rolf Boldrewood : Introduction, Richard Fotheringham , 1890 single work criticism (p. xiii-lxxviii)

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Works about this Work

Caroline and Cyril Keightley : Australian Actors from Bushrangers to Broadway Veronica Kelly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 34 no. 2 2012; (p. 200-208)
'Multi-media careers in the wider global entertainment market of the United States, Europe and Britain were commonly sustained by Australian-born performers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Such performers indicate something of the international reach of mobile actorly careers in the modern period (Kelly; Dixon & Kelly). Validation through overseas success is also a persistent model of the Australian performer. What then is an ‘Australian’ performer, in an enterprise in which ethnicities and regional identifications are mobile and frequently claimed for interested professional or social purposes? Opportunities and talent, birth, beauty, gender, regional or class identifications, whether assumed, avowed or disavowed — these are the categories which actors must manage as part of their careers and manipulate as elements of their stage personae.' (Publication abstract)
Killing the Narrator : National Differences in Adaptations of Robbery Under Arms Elizabeth Webby , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 1 no. 2002; (p. 44-50)
This article focuses on the 1957 cinematic adaptation of Boldrewood's novel. Observing that 'an adaptation to another medium of a previously existing text can be seen as a materialised reading, one determined not only by particular technologies, legal regulations and generic conventions prevailing at the time the adaptation is made, each of which places constraints on what can be represented, but by assumptions about audience expectations and values', Webby examines the extent to which these factors also reflect national differences.
Post Modernism, Cultural History, and the Feminist Legend of the Nineties: 'Robbery Under Arms', the Novel, the Play John Docker , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The 1890s : Australian Literature and Literary Culture 1996; (p. 128-149)
Docker challenges the feminist argument that the literature of the 1890s was dominated by male themes that idealised the bush and mateship. Argues that Robbery Under Arms neither marginalizes women nor presents male camaraderie as desirable. Concludes by stressing the need to look wider than traditional primary sources to conduct research on Australian culture.
Melodrama and the Melodramatic Imagination Elizabeth Webby , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 13 no. 4 1988; (p. 210-222)
Currency Lasses and a Police Villain in the 'Lawless Kelly' Bushranger Myth J. S. Ryan , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Margin , no. 16 1986; (p. 15-29)
y Australian Melodrama : Eighty Years of Popular Theatre Eric Irvin , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1981 Z110191 1981 single work criticism
Dramatic Notes 1917 single work review
— Appears in: The Leader , 10 November 1917; (p. 33)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Sundry Shows 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 September vol. 24 no. 1232 1903; (p. 10)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
The Play 1896 single work column
— Appears in: The Free-Lance , 10 October vol. 1 no. 25 1896; (p. 4)
A column canvassing current stage productions in Sydney and Melbourne. Included in the overview of is a review of Alfred Dampier's Robbery under Arms.
The Play 1896 single work column
— Appears in: The Free-Lance , 17 October vol. 1 no. 26 1896; (p. 4-5)
A column canvassing current stage productions in Sydney and Melbourne. Included in the overview are some comments on Alfred Dampier's Robbery under Arms and George Darrell's Convict Once.
Prose about Pro's 1896 single work column
— Appears in: The Free-Lance , 17 October vol. 1 no. 26 1896; (p. 5)
A round-up of personal news about people involved in the world of theatre. This column includes reference to the English critic William Archer who, in a review of Robbery under Arms, revealed that he had been a station hand on an Australian sheep run in his youth.
Sundry Shows 1896 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 October vol. 17 no. 870 1896; (p. 8)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Untitled 1895 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 9 November vol. 16 no. 821 1895; (p. 8)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Sundry Shows 1891 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 November vol. 11 no. 612 1891; (p. 8)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Robbery Under Arms : From the Novel by Rolf Boldrewood : Introduction Richard Fotheringham , 1890 single work criticism
— Appears in: Robbery Under Arms 1985; (p. xiii-lxxviii)
Sundry Shows 1891 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 November vol. 11 no. 612 1891; (p. 8)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Untitled 1895 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 9 November vol. 16 no. 821 1895; (p. 8)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Sundry Shows 1896 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 October vol. 17 no. 870 1896; (p. 8)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Sundry Shows 1903 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 September vol. 24 no. 1232 1903; (p. 10)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Dramatic Notes 1917 single work review
— Appears in: The Leader , 10 November 1917; (p. 33)

— Review of Robbery Under Arms Alfred Dampier Garnet Walch 1890 single work drama
Killing the Narrator : National Differences in Adaptations of Robbery Under Arms Elizabeth Webby , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 1 no. 2002; (p. 44-50)
This article focuses on the 1957 cinematic adaptation of Boldrewood's novel. Observing that 'an adaptation to another medium of a previously existing text can be seen as a materialised reading, one determined not only by particular technologies, legal regulations and generic conventions prevailing at the time the adaptation is made, each of which places constraints on what can be represented, but by assumptions about audience expectations and values', Webby examines the extent to which these factors also reflect national differences.
Currency Lasses and a Police Villain in the 'Lawless Kelly' Bushranger Myth J. S. Ryan , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Margin , no. 16 1986; (p. 15-29)
The Play 1896 single work column
— Appears in: The Free-Lance , 10 October vol. 1 no. 25 1896; (p. 4)
A column canvassing current stage productions in Sydney and Melbourne. Included in the overview of is a review of Alfred Dampier's Robbery under Arms.
The Play 1896 single work column
— Appears in: The Free-Lance , 17 October vol. 1 no. 26 1896; (p. 4-5)
A column canvassing current stage productions in Sydney and Melbourne. Included in the overview are some comments on Alfred Dampier's Robbery under Arms and George Darrell's Convict Once.
Prose about Pro's 1896 single work column
— Appears in: The Free-Lance , 17 October vol. 1 no. 26 1896; (p. 5)
A round-up of personal news about people involved in the world of theatre. This column includes reference to the English critic William Archer who, in a review of Robbery under Arms, revealed that he had been a station hand on an Australian sheep run in his youth.
y Australian Melodrama : Eighty Years of Popular Theatre Eric Irvin , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1981 Z110191 1981 single work criticism
Post Modernism, Cultural History, and the Feminist Legend of the Nineties: 'Robbery Under Arms', the Novel, the Play John Docker , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The 1890s : Australian Literature and Literary Culture 1996; (p. 128-149)
Docker challenges the feminist argument that the literature of the 1890s was dominated by male themes that idealised the bush and mateship. Argues that Robbery Under Arms neither marginalizes women nor presents male camaraderie as desirable. Concludes by stressing the need to look wider than traditional primary sources to conduct research on Australian culture.
Melodrama and the Melodramatic Imagination Elizabeth Webby , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 13 no. 4 1988; (p. 210-222)
Robbery Under Arms : From the Novel by Rolf Boldrewood : Introduction Richard Fotheringham , 1890 single work criticism
— Appears in: Robbery Under Arms 1985; (p. xiii-lxxviii)
Caroline and Cyril Keightley : Australian Actors from Bushrangers to Broadway Veronica Kelly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 34 no. 2 2012; (p. 200-208)
'Multi-media careers in the wider global entertainment market of the United States, Europe and Britain were commonly sustained by Australian-born performers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Such performers indicate something of the international reach of mobile actorly careers in the modern period (Kelly; Dixon & Kelly). Validation through overseas success is also a persistent model of the Australian performer. What then is an ‘Australian’ performer, in an enterprise in which ethnicities and regional identifications are mobile and frequently claimed for interested professional or social purposes? Opportunities and talent, birth, beauty, gender, regional or class identifications, whether assumed, avowed or disavowed — these are the categories which actors must manage as part of their careers and manipulate as elements of their stage personae.' (Publication abstract)
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