Adamanta, the Proud Princess of Profusia, 1874

The Event

Garnet Walch wrote Adamanta, the Proud Princess of Profusia, and Her Six Unlucky Suitors, or Harlequin Riddle-Me-Ree and the Transit of Venus from a New Point of Observation for the 1874 Christmas pantomime. It opened at the Opera House, Melbourne, under the theatre management of W. Saurin Lyster, on Christmas Eve, 24th December 1874.

Amazons In Adamanta, 1874

The Problem With Women

Pantomime producers loved putting on the spectacle of Amazonian women marching en masse in chorus-line precision. Garnet Walch’s Adamanta, built around a story of a ‘proud princess’ who refused to marry seemed perfect for such a display of women’s power.

In truth, the question remained a ‘hot topic’ through the 19th-century and, therefore, wonderful material for pantomime comedians. Stories appearing in Melbourne and Victorian newspapers, for instance, between 1870 and 1874, show where comics found material on girl’s education, why some girls did and didn’t marry, as well as issues of love and marriage so much more about ‘the woman’s problem’.

Book of Words

The Book of Words was a small booklet which contained a version of the pantomime script. It was on sale in the theatre during the pantomime season in addition to programmes. We have annotated the copy of Adamanta held at the State Library of Victoria.

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