Augustus Does His Bit: A True-To-Life Farce Pdf
Augustus Does His Bit, A True to Life Farce (1916) is a comic one-act play by George Bernard Shaw about a dim-witted aristocrat who is outwitted by a female spy during World War I. The play was produced on 21 January 1917, at the Court Theatre for the Stage Society. Like its predecessor The Inca of Jerusalem, it was originally presented anonymously, advertised as a “play in one Act by the author of The Inca of Jerusalem.” Shaw commented that some critics were not pleased by the satire of the war effort: “The shewing up of Augustus scandalized one or two innocent and patriotic critics, who regarded the prowess of the British Army as inextricably bound up with Highcastle prestige, but our Government Departments knew better.
Augustus Does His Bit: A True-To-Life Farce Summary
In the small town of Little Pifflington, Lord Augustus Highcastle tells his secretary Horatio Beamish that the war is a very serious matter, especially as he has three German brothers-in-law. He soon learns that a female spy is after an important document in his possession. A glamorous woman visits him. After flattering him by saying how important he is, she tells him that she suspects her sister-in-law of being the spy. She explains that Augustus’ brother, known as “Blueloo”, has made a bet that Augustus can be easily tricked, and intends to use this woman to prove it. If she can get the document, a list of British gun emplacements, and take it to “Blueloo”, Augustus’s incompetence will be exposed.
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Name Of the Novel: Augustus Does His Bit: A True-To-Life Farce
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Date premiered: 21 January 1917
Place premiered: Court theatre, London
Original language: English
Subject: A self-important aristocrat is outwitted by a female spy
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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