Bloemfontein theatre in the 19thC
- 1 19th Century English drama and theatre in Bloemfontein
- 2 19th Century Dutch and Afrikaans drama and theatre in Bloemfontein
- 3 Sources
19th Century English drama and theatre in Bloemfontein
English literary and dramatic entertainments have a long history in Bloemfontein.
This was an initiative in Bloemfontein led by Reverend John Brebner to organise a weekly revue of song, music, recitation and theatre between the months of April and December yearly. Offshoots of this initiative included the Bloemfonteinse Toneelleesgroep and the Dramatic Branch of the Bloemfontein Literary and Scientific Society (founded in 1877), which included a dramatic entertainments branch. This branch later changed its name to the Bloemfontein Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society. Defunct by 1890.
The first of the Winter Evenings Entertainments was held in April 1875.
This society, founded in 1877 as an offshoot of the Winter Evenings Entertainments, also had a Dramatic Entertainments branch. (Called a Toneelleesklub ["playreading club"] or Toneelleesgroep ["playreading group"]in Afrikaans). It was also a fore-runner of the later Bloemfontein Shakespeare Circle. The society itself was defunct by 1890.
The name assumed by the Dramatic Entertainments section of the Bloemfontein Literary and Scientific Society in 1882. Along with the BLSS it was defunct by 1890.
(See Du Toit, 1988) [JH]
("playreading club" or "playreading group").
P.J. du Toit, 1988
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