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Polander is the name of a puppet show put on by the so-called "Automata" or "Automaton Figures", large mechanical puppets, of W.F.H. Parker.

The performance apparently consisted of a "figure (Pop) dancing on the tight rope and then retiring from the stage in a splendid display of fireworks". (Advert in De Meditator, quoted by Bosman, 1928: p. 231).

Performance history in South Africa

1837: Brought to in Cape Town by Mr Parker, and performed along with The Enchanted Turk, the dramatic play The Children in the Wood and Joey Grimaldi's Trip to Brentford.

Translations and adaptations


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 231

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