Subtitled The Girl Who Lost Her Sheep and billed as a gorgeous adult pantomime in two acts, the story 'deals with the love episodes of Bo-Peep, who in this instance has not suffered the loss of sheep, but of a worthy wooer ... Jack Straw, the two fond hearts [having been] kept apart by the orders of the Shah'. He eventually relents, on the condition that Jack perform a heroic deed: the recovery of a watch stolen by the witch Fly-By-Night (Sydney Morning Herald 26 December 1910, p.3).
The settings were as follows: Scene 1. The Witch's Haunt; Scene 2. The Home of Widow Bumpkin; Scene 3. The Palace of the Shah; Scene 4. The Enchanted Castle; Scene 5. Under the Waves (transformation scene).
The music for the songs and dances was performed by the tour's own orchestra. One of the songs written for the pantomime, 'It's Cheap at Half the Price' (sung in 1910 by Drysdale and Francis), included topical hits at the new State Labor government: 'when we double their screw, what a lot they'll do' (Sydney Morning Herald 26 December 1910, p.3).
Songs incorporated into the 1914 productions included 'Oh! The Sea,' 'I'm Little Bo-Peep' (Webb), 'Down a Shady Lane' (Mack and Webb), 'On the Farm,' 'Pearl of Persia' (Terry) 'Throwing Myself Away,' 'I'm the Shah, Tarantara' (Cornock), 'My Bo-Peep' (Mack), 'Arcadia,' 'The Fowls in the Farmyard,' 'Lotus Land,' 'How Are You?' and 'Little Miss Turpentine.'
Bo-Peep was first produced in Mudgee, New South Wales on 14 November 1910. After playing several regional centres Stanley McKay began a season in Sydney at the Exhibition Building beginning 24 December. The pantomime was subsequently toured throughout Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis by McKay's two pantomime companies through until the 1920s, albeit with a break between May 1916 and ca. 1920 (during which time the entrepreneur was on active military service in Europe).
While exact production dates for Bo-Peep are often difficult to identify, it was certainly the feature production toured by McKay's Pantomime Moving Theatre Company between the years 1910 and 1911, and also during the 1913-14 New Zealand tour (with the troupe then being billed as the Royal Pantomime Company). In this respect it generally opened each season. Between 1912 and 1916 Bo-Peep appears to have been included as a support production, due to the inclusion of several new pantomimes.
While Bo-Peep was occasionally staged by another of McKay's troupes - the No 1 Pantomime Company (featuring Jim Gerald as the dame), it was primarily associated with the Moving Theatre/Royal Pantomime troupe (featuring Bruce Drysdale as the dame).
For a more extensive and inclusive inventory of engagements see the Australian Variety Theatre Archive - 'Works: 1910'), 'Stanley McKay's Pantomime Moving Theatre' and Stanley McKay's No 1 Pantomime Company (sighted 22/04/2014)'