One of Our Girls

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One of Our Girls is a four-act comedy by Bronson Howard (1842-1908)[1]

Also known as Cousin Kate.

The original text

Originally written and performed as One of Our Girls at the Lyceum Theatre, London on 10 November, 1885, later performed as Cousin Kate in Newcastle on 26 August, 1889. Published privately as One of Our Girls in 1887 and in the collection in The Banker's Daughter and Other Plays in 1941.

Not to be confused with Howard's last play, Kate, a "Comedy in Four Acts", published by Harper and Brothers in 1906.

Translations and adaptations

Filmed and released in 1914 as One of Our Girls by Famous Players Film Company, directed by Thomas N. Heffron with a script Eve Unsell (based on the play).

Performance history in South Africa

1903: Performed by the James Welch Company as part of a season of plays that also included The New Clown (Paull), The Man in the Street (Parker) and My Arful Valet (Mortimer).

1904: The James Welch Company returned to the Opera House, Cape Town at the beginning of the year for another short season with the four plays.

1919: Performed as Cousin Kate by a touring company, with a cast that included Hilda Attenboro. Possibly the Marie Tempest company.


Facsimile version of the published text of One of Our Girls, HathiTrust Digital Library[2]

Lewis Leary. 1980. American Literature to 1900, Macmillan International Higher Education: p.181 [3]

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. 417

Rand Daily Mail, 10 June 1919

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