J. Newnham

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J. Newnham was a soldier in the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot which was sent to the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony (now the Eastern Province, South Africa) between 1860 and 1862, shortly after the Xhosa cattle-killing movement and famine (1857-1858). The regiment was based in Grahamstown and Keiskama Hoek.

Contribution to South African Theatre

J. Newnham was a member of the Dramatic Club, in the section known as the Amateurs of the Band, and acted in four productions during his stay on the Eastern Frontier. All the parts were females.

Acted in The Amateurs of the Band’s production of Stirling Coyne’s farce, Wanted, 1 000 Spirited Young Milliners For the Gold Diggings! (Caroline Jones).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, Keiskama Hoek, December 10, 1862, page 270.)

November 12, 1862: Acted in the Amateurs of the Band performed John Baldwin Buckstone's two-act domestic “melo-drama”, Luke The Labourer. The play is set in a village in Yorkshire. (Jenny, a country girl).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, Keiskama Hoek, December 10, 1862, page 271.)

November 12, 1862: Acted in the Amateurs of the Band performance of J. M. Maddox's one-act farce, A. S. S. (Sophia).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, Keiskama Hoek, December 10, 1862, page 271.)

November 26, 1862: Acted in the Amateurs of the Band's production of I. Pocock's famous “melo-drama” The Miller and His Men. (Ravina) & (Laurette).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, Keiskama Hoek, December 10, 1862, page 272.)

Sources

(See beneath each production.)

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1.

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