Quand on Attend sa Bourse!

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Quand on Attend sa Bourse! ("when someone looks for for his purse") is a French one-act play with music by Marc-Michel (1812-1868)[1] and Laurencin (1806-1890)[2]

The original text

The original French text by Marc-Michel and Laurencin first performed at the Théatre du Palais-Royal, Paris on 24 May, 1853. Published in Théatre Contemporain Illustré by Michel Lévy Fréres, Paris[3].

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch and adapted for use by Rederijkerskamers by "Juliano", the text was published as Als Men Zijne Beurs Heeft Verloren ("When someone has lost his purse") by G. Theod. Bom, Amsterdam, 1866 (originally as no. 62), and credited to Marc-Michel and Laurencin.

Also found as Als Men Zijn Beurs Verloren Heeft in some sources, notably F.C.L. Bosman (1980).

Performance history in South Africa

1894: Performed in the Dutch version (as Als Men Zijn Beurs Verloren Heeft) in Pretoria by the Rederijkerskamer Onze Taal, probably in the President Theatre. Also played were De Trekpleister (Roscaux/De Haas) and a performance of the song Santa Lucia by Gaetano Braga (wrongly billed as "Santa Luccia").


Facsimile version of the original published text in Théatre Contemporain Illustré[4].



F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 484

Inventaris van de bibliotheek van de Rederijkerskamer "Borger" te Oudewater 1854 -1923[5]

"Lijst van boeken en geschriften, van 15 november-15 december 1866 in Nederland verschenen", Vaderlandsche letteroefeningen. Jaargang 1867: p. 4[6]

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