No Smoking Allowed, or Cat and Dog

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No Smoking Allowed, or Cat and Dog is a play by an anonymous author.

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No further reference to such a play has been found, besides this, though F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p246) tentatively suggests a "J.R. Brown" as the possible author. (Could this be a reference to "Joe Brown" of the Christy Minstrels?). The piece appears to have been a two hander for the two transformation artistes, for Bosman also cites the following short description: "The Cat, an ill used wife; The Dog, an outraged husband."

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Performance history in South Africa

1869: Performed as part of the repertoire of Amelia Bailey and Florence Calzado of the Poussard-Bailey Company, when they remained behind in South Africa for a few months after the rest of the company had left for Europe. They undertook a private tour in South Africa during May, inter alia performing in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, in a concert that also included songs by James Leffler and "Tragic Recitations" by T. Brazier.


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.203-205

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