Eopipore, ou La Resurrection

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Eopipore, ou La Resurrection ("Eopipore, or The resurrection") is a comedy in three acts by an anonymous author, possibly someone called "Sire Barago" (according to Bosman, 1928).

The original text

Neither the play nor the author can be traced in any other source than F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p. 126), based on a newspaper advert from the Kaapsche Courant of 21 June, 1809. It was offered there as a work "translated and turned into verse by C.E. Boniface". He actually lists two plays (Eopipore, ou La Resurrection and Le Marriage de Biribi) on page 126, but in his corrections however, Bosman adds the title Eopipore, ou La Resurrection to the list of translations by Boniface, attributing it to Barago and indicating that it was produced produced in 1809 . No mention of a translation entitled Le Marriage de Biribi is given in this list.

What it could have been is that the two works were actually one play, entitled something like Eopipore, ou La Resurrection et Le Marriage de Biribi("Eopipore, or The resurrection" and the marriage of Biribi) - though no play by such a name can be traced either.

No author by the name "Sire Barago" can also be traced.

South African performances

1809: The play was apparently performed in French by the French Company led by Charles Mathurin Villet , on 1 July in the African Theatre, Cape Town, with Le Marriage de Biribi (The marriage of Biribi") (Barago) and Oromidas, ou Le Balêt de Balais (Anon).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 124, 126

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