Punchinello single work   musical theatre   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1919 1919
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Punchinello is described in the Brisbane Courier as 'an artistic dance play' and a 'novel Terpsichoran number' (13 Sept. 1919, p.12). The paper's theatre critic also indicates that Punchinello was a new version of the old French story, re-written and with an additional prologue. It is also recorded that it had previously been inserted into the revue Bric-a-Brac, staged at the Alhambra Theatre, London. The music, however, was especially written for the Brisbane season by Fred Whaite. The prologue was spoken by Elton Black (q.v.) and introduced the three principal characters: Columbine, Harlequin, and Punchinello.

One of the features of the 1919 production is said to have been Molly Asher's pantomime performance as Columbine.

Production Details

  • 1919: Cremorne Garden Theatre, Brisbane, 12-18 September. Director Walter Johnson ; Producer John N. McCallum (Dandies Qld Ltd) ; Music Director Fred Whaite ; Costumes Mary Glynn ; Troupe Walter Johnson's Town Topics Company ; Cast incl. Elton Black, Mollie Asher (Columbine), Yorke Gray (Harlequin), Lou Vernon (Punchinello).

    1920: Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane, 24-30 April. Producer John N. McCallum (Dandies Qld Ltd); Music Director Fred Whaite ; Costumes Mary Glynn ; Troupe McCallum's Town Topics ; Cast incl. Elton Black, Yorke Gray, Lou Vernon.

  • This entry has been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian-written music theatre being conducted by Dr Clay Djubal.

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Works about this Work

Music, Drama and Pictures 1919 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 13 September 1919; (p. 12)

— Review of Punchinello Yorke Gray 1919 single work musical theatre
Town Topics 1919 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 13 September 1919; (p. 11)

— Review of Punchinello Yorke Gray 1919 single work musical theatre
Music, Drama and Pictures 1919 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 13 September 1919; (p. 12)

— Review of Punchinello Yorke Gray 1919 single work musical theatre
Town Topics 1919 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 13 September 1919; (p. 11)

— Review of Punchinello Yorke Gray 1919 single work musical theatre
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