A Clue There Was single work   drama   mystery   - One act
Issue Details: First known date: 1930... 1930 A Clue There Was
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A humorous boardinghouse mystery, including a murder, a garrulous landlady, fugitives from justice, and a newspaper reporter.


  • Mr and Mrs Er-Smith:

    Some Australian newspapers note that A Clue There Was was produced in London as an opening to A.A. Milne's Belinda, where British newspapers (and associated sources) record that play as Mr and Mrs Er-Smith. Conversely, no play by the title Mr and Mrs Er-Smith was produced in Australia. It is possible that these two works are the same drama with different titles, but more information is needed before this can be confirmed.


    'Music and the Theatre', West Australian, 29 July 1933, p.5.

    'Success in London', Argus, 21 May 1931, p.3.

Production Details

  • The earliest production of this drama traced to date was as part of a series of four one-act plays by Australian women writers (including Handley's other two plays, A Columbine Cure and The Celebrity), produced by the Workers' Educational Association Dramatic Society at the Australia in Adelaide, on 2 August 1930.

    Producer: Brenda Kekwick.

    Cast members included Ella Weil, Brenda Kekwick, Michael Faraday, and Gordon Madigan.


    'Australian Plays: Students Score Success', News, 4 August 1930, p.10.

    'W.E.A. Dramatic Society: Australian Playlets Produced', Advertiser, 4 August 1930, p.7.

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