Eraste, ou L'Enfant Proscrit de Son Père

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Eraste, ou L'Enfant Proscrit de Son Père ("Eraste, or the child rejected/exiled by his father") is the title of a French one-act bucolic play by an anonymous author. Could also have been written more correctly as Eraste, ou L'Enfant Proscrit par Son Père

The original text

Nothing of substance is known about this text, except for the name "Eraste" (or "Éraste" in French) which, though also a registered French first name, is - possibly more tellingly - a classical allusion referring to an adult man engaged in a pederastic relationship with a boy)[1].

Translations and adaptations

F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p. 91) suggests that Monsieur Delémery did an adaptation of this work for performance on his tour and more specifically in Cape Town.

Performance history in South Africa

1805: Performed in French in Cape Town on 12 August by the French Amateur Company, with Monsieur Delémery in the lead. Also presented were Arlequin Protégé par Belphégor (a work devised by Delémery?) and Le Paysan, Soldat Malgré Lui (also adapted from an unknown source by Delémery?)


Facsimile version of the Dictionnaire des Théâtres de Paris, Google E-book[,+soldat+malgr%C3%A9+lui&hl=af&source=gbs_navlinks_s]

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

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