Adapted from Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel and advertised as a drama. Dampier's production saw prominence given to the character of Topsy (played by Lily Dampier), who amongst other deeds shoots dead a slaver. Eva is saved from death amidst general rejoicing. It is believed that the production may have premiered in the USA or Canada.
Along with incidental music the production also incorpoarted singing/dancing performance into a number of scenes, using both original and popular songs of the day.
1879 : Victoria Theatre, Newcastle (NSW) ; 3 July
1879 : Theatre Royal, Melbourne ; 2-7 August. Lessee George Coppin, John Hennings and J. R. Greville. - Troupe incl. Gardner Brothers and Virginnia Jubilee Singers. - Cast incl. Lily, Rose and Alfred Dampier, Mrs Edouin Bryer, Miss Anstead, J. R. Greville, Frank Harcourt, Mr Appleton, Stuart O'Brien, Mr Taylor.
1880 : Queen's Theatre, Sydney ; 12, 14-16 June. Lessee M. Hegarty ; Scenic Art. William Kinchela. - Troupe incl. Virginia Jubilee Singers. - Cast incl. Lily, Rose and Alfred Dampier, Miss Begly, Kate Douglass, Alice Deorwyn, Mrs Lachlan McGowan, Constance McGowan, Mrs Thomas, Charles Brown, Mr Deorwyn, Mr Sweeney, Harry Sefton, Mr West, Mr Welch, E. Holloway, Lachlan McGowan, E. Ryan, Harry Leston, Mr Bennett, Mr Levy, Mr Seville, Mr Gardner, J. Lee, Mr Boyle.
This entry has been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian-written music theatre being conducted by Dr Clay Djubal.Details have also been derived in part from Annotated Calendar of Plays Premiered in Australia: 1850-1869 (q.v.).