Young Scamp

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Young Scamp is a sketch in one scene by Charles T. White (best known as "Chas.", "Charlie" or "Charley" White, 1821–1891)[1].

Also found as The Young Scamp in South Africa (See Bosman, 1980).

This is not to be confused with The Young Scamp, or My Grandmother's Pet by Edward Stirling.

The original text

Described as an Ethiopian sketch or Negro farce for 3 performers in various sources, it is a Christy's style piece written for his own use by the early blackface minstrel performer. Published as no 85 in De Witt's Ethiopian and Comic Drama.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1868: Performed by the Young Men’s Institute Amateur Christy’s in either the Mutual Hall or the Cape Town Institute and Club, Cape Town. (Billed as a "Negro farce")


Listing of De Witt's Ethiopian and Comic Drama De Witt's in The Publishers' Trade List Annual, Volume 11[2]

Listing of De Witt's Ethiopian and Comic Drama in the De Witt's 18** published text of the play Black and White (Wilkie Collins and Charles Fechter)[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 272

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