The Fantoccini Family

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The Fantoccini Family is the name given to a puppetry performance put on in Cape Town by Alfred Ray in 1867.

See also the entry on the term fantoccini

The original text

This appears to have been a Punch and Judy style performance put on by the local performer Alfred Ray, using the kind of rod puppets known at the time as fantoccini to display an array of humorous characters.

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Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 29 April by the Le Roy's Original Company , along with Aladdin, or The Wonderful Scamp (Byron) and The Robber's Family (Anon). The evening was also offered as a benefit for Alfred Ray and was under the patronage of The Cape Voluntary Organisation.


"Fantoccini" in the Unima website The World Encyclopaedia of Puppetry[1]

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 1932. (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.222

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