The Three Wishes

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by Ian Ferguson. One-act. Cast: mixed. Published in Lean your Ears this Way by Academica.

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The Three Wishes is a play in two acts by James Ambrose Brown. Published by DALRO in 1978. Full-length. Cast: mixed.

Inspired by an Arabian fairy tale and tells the story of a dreamy Cape-Malay fisherman whose wife sends him to find the magic genie trapped in a bottle at the bottom of the sea.

First staged by Children's Theatre Incorporated in Johannesburg in 1954 with Anna Romain Hoffman as director, and in Cape Town in 1955 with Hansel Hewitt as director. The Cape Town production had a coloured cast which, rather uniquely at the time, played to multiracial audiences.

In 1965 staged at the Library Theatre as the last production for Children's Theatre with Stanley Coghan, June Hern.

The Three Wishes was also broadcast as a radio play in several episodes by the SABC.


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