Alfred Ray (fl. 1860s) was a British soldier stationed at Cape Town.
Also credited as Der. F. la Yar, an anagram of his name and surname, used as a pseudonym when working in some theatrical contexts.
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He was a member of the 9th Regiment dramatic society, which performed in Cape Town for two seasons (1866-1867), primarily as a singer of comic songs and puppeteer.
According to F.C.L. Bosman (1980, p.526), "Der. F. la Yar" was also the author of a piece called The Rightful Heir. The Dead Hand and the Hour of One, though nothing more is known of such a play, though it is most likely to have been a burlesque of Edward Bulwer Lytton's 1868 play, The Rightful Heir. Probably also the creator of the comic act called The Two Clowns for Santanna's Circus.
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