The Crow Family

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There are two works by this name

The Crow Family (1860s)

A song and dance act, most probably deriving from "Jim Crow", the extremely popular and influential character assumed by Thomas Dartmouth Rice (1808–1860)[1] for his song and dance acts, or subsequent acts devised by Rice and his followers, The Crow Family was part of the repertoire of the Christy Minstrels when they visited South Africa in 1862. (See Christy Minstrels)

The Crow Family (2017)

The Crow Family an Australian musical by by Maude Davey, performed by Davey and her partner David Pidd and their children, Alice (17) and Leo (10). The play pays homage to the traveling storyteller and tells of mankind's relationship to the remarkable living creatures all around. Directed by Ingrid Voorendt, the work features music from Australian rock legend, Peter Farnan and played at the Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne, in July 2017.

So far no refernce to any performances in South Africa have been found.


Russell Sanjek. 1988. American Popular Music and Its Business: The First Four Hundred Years. Oxford University Press.[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 139-141

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