De Papegaay

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De Papegaay("The Parrot") is a misspelling of the Dutch word "Papegaai" ("parrot"), but it has occurred in this form as the title for a play published in 1786 and a production in South Africa.

A Dutch play from 1786

In 1786 a Dutch comedy appeared in Haarlem under the title De Papegaay, verrader en ondershouwt; of het gemaakte komplot by an unknown author. The text has a number of language errors, presumably including the misspelling of the Dutch word Papegaai.

A Dutch translation from 1792

In 1792 a Dutch translation of Der Papagoy , a 1792 play in three acts by August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue (1761-1819)[1], was published in Amsterdam under the title De Papegaai. This was produced in South Africa under two misspelled titles, De Papegaay and Die Papegay.

See further Der Papagoy


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 82, 111, 293

Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg.

Catalogus Der Bibliotheek Van de Maatschappij Der Nederlandsche Letterkunde Te Leiden (Brill Archive)[3]

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