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

1867-8: According to F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p. 244) a "comical musical sketch" called The Fancy Ball was performed by the Poussard-Bailey Company as part of their repertoire during their 15 month long tour throughout the country, ending with two performances their most popular piece in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town. Performed (and probably devised) by Miss Bailey and Miss Calzado, transformation artistes. In this play they impersonated seven characters, including "The Rifle Volunteer".


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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