The Masque of the Silver Trees

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The Masque of the Silver Trees is an outdoor pageant composed by Réné Juta in 1909.

The original text

A neo-classical quasi-Jacobean performance, it was inspired by the grand preparations in Cape Town for a national pageant intended to inaugurate the newly-forged Union of South Africa in 1910.

The text published by J.C. Juta and Co, 1909.


Peter Merrington, State of the Union: The "New Pageantry" and the Performance of Identity in North America and South Africa, 1908-1910, Journal of Literary Studies 15, nos. 1-2 (1999): 238-63.

Jan Juta. 1972. Background in Sunshine: Memories of South Africa. New York: Charles Scribner‟s Sons: p.52.

The Shakespearean International Yearbook: Special section, South Africa, Volume 9 edited by Graham Bradshaw, T. G. Bishop, Laurence Wright[1],_R%C3%83%C2%A9n%C3%83%C2%A9_(Mrs_Luke_Hansard)

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