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Impulse a light comedy in 5 acts by B.C. Stephenson (1839-1906)[1].

The original text

According to the author, the play was based on a French original (unnamed) and written specifically for the Kendalls. It was first performed at the St James's Theatre, London, on 9 December, 1882, becoming quite popular - though not critically that well received.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1884: Performed in English as Impulse by the Henry Harper Company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, featuring H.C. Sidney in the lead.


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.378

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