72 Highlanders

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The 72 Highlanders was a British regiment stationed in Cape Town at various times in the 1800s. (See for instance Wikipedia entry on 72nd Regiment, Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders[1]). Members of the regiment from time to time participated in theatrical presentations in Cape Town.

Also referred to as the Highland Amateur Party on occasion.

According to William Groom (cited in F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: p. 229) the Highland Amateur Party, referred to as an amateur group of performers from the regiment, made up of regular soldiers, apparently performed in some dedicated space in the Cape Town barracks during the period 1823-28. One of their few recorded productions consisted of Paul Pry and "Sir Mark Chase" in A Roland for an Oliver, with a song sung by A. Schofield during the interlude.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 229

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