Mr St George

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Mr St George (fl. mid 19th century) was a Cape Town resident and amateur performer.

Biography

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

He was a member of the Alfred Dramatic Club (later the Royal Alfred Dramatic Club) in the period 1860-61. In March of 1861 he temporarily bid the amateur theatre a farewell to put on a "Grand Entertainment" of his own in the Theatre Royal. The event included a performance of negro songs by Mr D'Urban's Ethiopian Minstrels, a Grand Drawingroom Entertainment called Music under Difficulties, or The Composer in Search of Quiet by Mr St George and Mr Chester (St George himself performing 15 roles), and ended with a [[Grand Ballet Divertissement by the Spanish Dancers], featuring "Les Senoritas Georgini, Burtoni, Lurlini and Senor D'Urban".


In 1868 he once more put on four "Drawing-Room Entertainments", a mix of an art exhibition (on the theme "Pen and Pencil Sketches, The Sea, City Village and Veld"), a talk on the art and amusing songs by St George, and a by him performance of Our Rehearsal, described by F.C.L. Bosman (1980, p242) as a "kostelike transformasiestukkie, met manlike en vroulike rolle (i.e. "an amusing little transformation piece with male and female parts") and credited to "St George".

Sources

F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II: 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 171, 181, 242, .

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