Master Rowlands

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Master Rowlands (fl. 1860s to 1870s) was a local amateur performer in Cape Town.


He may have been related to, even the son of, W. Rowlands, a clothes merchant in Shortmarket Street (and later a law agent), who had trained his daughter Annie Rowlands to appear on stage (to major acclaim) at twelve years of age in 1858.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

A Master Rowlands is first mentioned as a juvenile director for the Juvenile Christy's Minstrels in 1864. He apparently directed the play Sudden Thoughts (Wilks) for them in June 1864.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 268-9,

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