Valorous Amateurs

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The Valorous Amateurs is the name by which F.C.L. Bosman (1850, p. 270) refers to a group of amateur players from the visiting ship the H.M.S. Valorous who performed some plays for charitable purposes in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town during 1865. (See also Marine theatre)

On 1 and 2 June they did The Dream at Sea (Buckstone) and Cool as a Cucumber (B. Jerrold), with music by the 10th Regiment, to packed houses in the presence of Governor Wodehouse.

On the ship's return from a visit Port Elizabeth, the company put on Michael Erle the Maniac Lover (Wilks), Ben Bolt (Johnstone) and Betsy Baker (Morton) in Cape Town on 17 November, once more to a full house.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 270,

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