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A Martyr to Principle single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1909... 1909 A Martyr to Principle
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Playlet.

The day before a young couple Walter and Mary are to be married the bridegroom (a consumptive) becomes aware of the terrible effects that tuberculosis will have on him as the sufferer and on his new wife. Determined not to spoil the life of the woman he loves he commits suicide. The final scene, which takes place just before the wedding is about to commence, sees the bridegroom drink poison following his best man's toast. The Sydney Morning Herald review records that the 'pathos of the play is relieved by the droll humour of Beatty, a domestic' (26 August 1909, p98).

Production Details

  • 1909 : Theatre Royal, Sydney ; 25 August (premiere). - Lessee Bland Holt. - Company: The Sydney Muffs. - Cast incl. Cam Marina (Walter Ackroyd), Elsie Prince (Mary Simmers), Harry Hinds (Dr Thornley), Beatty (Eva St Clair).

      • Presented as a matinee charity event, A Martyr to Principle was staged as a curtain-raiser to the feature production Niobe.
      • Both performances were in aid of St Martha's Industrial Home, Leichhardt.

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

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Works about this Work

The Sydney Muffs 1909 single work review
— Appears in: The Theatre : An Illustrated Monthly Devoted to the Stage , September 1909; (p. 19)

— Review of A Martyr to Principle Sumner Locke , Stanley McKay , 1909 single work drama
A brief review of the Sydney Muffs' productions of A Martyr to Principal and Niobe (Theatre Royal, Sydney ; 25 August 1909).
The Sydney Muffs 1909 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Morning Herald , 26 August 1909; (p. 8)

— Review of A Martyr to Principle Sumner Locke , Stanley McKay , 1909 single work drama
Includes a review of H. and E. Paulton's three act comedy, Niobe, which was also staged by the Sydney Muffs on the same programme.
The Sydney Muffs 1909 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Morning Herald , 26 August 1909; (p. 8)

— Review of A Martyr to Principle Sumner Locke , Stanley McKay , 1909 single work drama
Includes a review of H. and E. Paulton's three act comedy, Niobe, which was also staged by the Sydney Muffs on the same programme.
The Sydney Muffs 1909 single work review
— Appears in: The Theatre : An Illustrated Monthly Devoted to the Stage , September 1909; (p. 19)

— Review of A Martyr to Principle Sumner Locke , Stanley McKay , 1909 single work drama
A brief review of the Sydney Muffs' productions of A Martyr to Principal and Niobe (Theatre Royal, Sydney ; 25 August 1909).
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