My Awful Dad

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My Awful Dad is a comedy by Charles Matthews (Charles James Matthews, 1803–1878)[1].

The original text

Usually listed as a comedy in two acts, it appears to have been first performed by Matthews in 1856,either in London or in New York. However, an undated published text[2] by Dick & Fitzgerald, New York, has it as a comedy in three acts.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1885: Performed by the Henry Harper and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, opening on March 19th. The cast included Disney Roebuck, H.C. Sidney, H. Harries, Constance Young, Alice Norton, and others.


Facsimile version of the three-act American text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[3],_Charles_James_(DNB00)

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.356, 380

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