Dear Old Dad

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Dear Old Dad is the title given for a play by an unnamed author[].

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Though this is the title given by D.C. Boonzaier (1923) for a stage play performed in Cape Town in 1903, no play by this name has been found so far, the only two works with (approximately) this title found in the early 20th century have been a descriptive American march ballad called "Dear Old Dad"[1] by Joe Bren (Composer) and Louise Shattner (Lyricist), published in 1906, and a short comic film called Betty Fools Dear Old Dad (1912)[2]. The title occurs in the titles of songs and TV shows later in the century though.

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Performance history in South Africa

1903: D.C. Boonzaier (1923) lists a play by an unnamed author, called Dear Old Dad, among the works he remembers seeing in Cape Town in this year, featuring the "world-renowned actor-musician" Auguste van Biene. No further details are given.


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.415

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