The Fancy Ball

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The Fancy Ball is a comical musical sketch by an unknown author.

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The 19th century saw a number of vaudeville-style performances of sketches and ballet's using the term "Fancy Ball" in their titles. Most often by an unknown author or devised by the cast of the particular performance.

In this respect, see also Het Fancy Bal!!!, A Fancy Ball and A Fancy Dress Ball

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Performance history in South Africa

1867-9: According to F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p. 244) this was one of the works was performed by the Poussard-Bailey Company as part of their repertoire during their 15 month long tour throughout the country. He mentions at least two performances of The Fancy Ball in the Commercial Exchange during the second Cape Town season, which extended from June to August. Performed (and probably devised) by Miss Bailey and Miss Calzado, transformation artistes, who, impersonated seven characters, including "The Rifle Volunteer", in the play. Other theatrical works in the repertoire included The Painter and his Model () and In Love with a Waltz (Moriot).


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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