Phoenix Club

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The Phoenix Club was apparently a minstrelsy company, briefly active in Cape Town in 1868.

Despite the similarity in name, it appears to have been be something different to the amateur Phoenix Dramatic Club (founded in 1865).

The club was possibly founded in imitation of the Y.M.I. Amateur Christy's and performed in the St Aloysius Hall in St. John Street, in October. Shown were inter alia a "comic scene" called Who's Bones and a "negro farce" called The Mischievous Nigger.

Among the performers mentioned in the farce were Mr Williams, Mr Tinus, Mr Samuels, Mr Redmonds, Mr Edwards and Mr Joseph. Bosman suggests (180, p.273), given the names of the participants, this this may have been a company from the coloured community of the Cape.

Sources

F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.273


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