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Blackberries is a one-act musical comedy by Mark Melford (1850-1914)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Prince of Wales's Theatre, Liverpool, on June 14, 1886 and first performed in London at the Comedy Theatre on July 31, 1886.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1886: Performed in the Theatre Royal in Burg Street, Cape Town, by Madame Pearmain and her company towards the end of the year.


William Davenport Adams. A dictionary of the drama; a guide to the plays, play-wrights, players, and playhouses of the United Kingdom and America, from the earliest times to the present, An online resource (p.167)[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, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 383

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