y The Kelly Gang single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1899 1899
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  • Editor's note (2006): '... this "work", to use the most generic term available for some dozen or more contemporaneous play-texts by different playwrights and different companies, was the product of a succession of hands. The version published here is almost certainly that attributed to Arnold Denham, who as far as is known wrote no other plays and had little theatrical experience, but whose willingness to litigate in defence of his alleged intellectual property ensured that "his" script was the best known of those staged in the period 1899-1909 in New South Wales, Queensland and possibly elsewhere. But Denham was a gross plagiarist; further, his play has at least one unidentified co-author, responsible for the three scenes of Act IV.'

Production Details

  • Produced at the Opera House (cnr. King and York Sts), Sydney, 22 July 1899. Another Sydney production followed.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      (Manuscript) assertion
      • This manuscript is likely to be 'Arnold Denham's script as used as the basis for the "A" staging and also contains the scenes added for the "B" season.' (Fotheringham, introduction to "The Kelly Gang" in Australian Plays, pp.565-566.


      Held at: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
      Local Id: MSS1412/8, item 100
First known date: 1899
Includes facsimile reproductions of the playbill for the July 1899 Sydney production of The Kelly Gang, the first page of the playscript's manuscript and a stage diagram from the manuscript.
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Plays for the Colonial Stage : 1834-1899 Richard Fotheringham (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1238215 2006 anthology drama (taught in 3 units) St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 pg. 549-654
    Note: Introduction appears on pp.551-570. The introduction traces the development of various plays based on the exploits of the Kelly Gang and includes a diagram showing the lines of transmission between various versions of the play, and its associated texts, in Australia and New Zealand.
    • Fortitude Valley, Fortitude Valley - New Farm area, Brisbane - North East, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2013 .
      Extent: 1vp.
      • Available as an PDF download.
      Series: New Vintage Playlab (publisher), series - publisher drama

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