Affey Bevan

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Affey Bevan (fl 1880s-1890s) was an actress.

Possibly related to (a sibling of?) the 19th century actress and producer Emilie Bevan (fl 1880s-1890s)


Though little much has been found about her so far, she is described by D.C. Boonzaier (1923) as "always sweet and sympathetic in girlish parts", and her name does crop up as an active performer in various places during the late 1880s and the 1890s.

For example, in 1888 she was in Melbourne, Australia, as a member of the Cogill Brothers Minstrel and Burlesque Company, when it put on a burlesque of Paul Merritt's The New Babylon (1878), called Old Babble 'Un[1].

She is mentioned again in The Era (25 November, 1893) when a benefit performance of The Magistrate (Pinero) was held for her in London.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 1890, she came to South Africa as a member of the Chambers Theatre Company, for which she appeared in plays such as The Bells of Haslemere and In the Ranks.


The Era, 25 November, 1893[2]

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 390-391, .

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