H. Connorton

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H. Connorton (fl. 1858-1860) was military officer and a composer, singer and performer.

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

He was a versatiletalented performer apparently active in Cape Town as a leading member of Charles Fraser's company in the years 1858-1860. He apparently did comic interludes and songs (one of which he also wrote and sang on 15 June, 1859, as an accompaniment to performances of Luke the Labourer (Buckstone), scenes from Macbeth and Samuel in Search of Himself (Coyne).

He also acted in some of the plays put on by Fraser, apparently one of the leading actors in the company's tour de force, The Misanthrope (Moliere). He is also mentioned as one of the guest artists appearing in E.C. de Jocelyn Harvey's presentation of An Evening of Tragedy, Melodrama and Light Comedy in the Commercial Rooms, Cape Town on 2 June, 1859, with the permission of their commanding officer, Colonel Graham. (The other two ad hoc players on this occasion were K. Keens and H. Stenner.) The programme consisted of a scene from Friendship (Anon.), the "closet scene" from Hamlet and the short farce Town & Country, or Which is Best? (Morton).


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 124, 125, 129, 179.

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