Kaatje Kekkelbek

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Kaatje Kekkelbek (or Caatje Kekelbek) ("Kaatje or 'Little Katherine' Chatterbox") is an iconic and stereotypical South African so-called "coloured" stage character, first appearing in the George Rex and Andrew Geddes Bain sketch Kaatje Kekkelbek, or Life Among the Hottentots(Grahamstown, 1838-44?).

The name has become synonymous with the loquacious and forward "(Cape) coloured" household maid. Under different guises this stereotypical character was to appear in a variety of plays in English, Dutch and Afrikaans over the years, including plays by Stephen Black, Guy Butler and André P. Brink.

See Kaatje Kekkelbek, or Life Among the Hottentots




Ludwig Wilhelm Berthold Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 389, 413, 389, 496, 506-7, 541-543

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

P.J. du Toit. 1988. Amateurtoneel in Suid-Afrika. Pretoria: Academica

Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg: p.

P.W. Laidler. 1926. The Annals of the Cape Stage. Edinburgh: William Bryce: pp. 41-44

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