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''[[Black-Eyed Susan, or All in the Downs]]'' is a comedy in three acts by Douglas Jerrold (1803–1857)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_William_Jerrold].
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Sometimes simply referred to as ''[[Black-Eyed Susan]]'', ''[[Black Eyed Susan]]'', ''[[Black-Ey'd Susan]]'' and so on.
== The original text ==
Based on John Gay's well known ballad by that name, it has been described as "a nautical melodrama (with all its stock characters) that praises the patriotic British tar (sailor) while critiquing authoritarianism in the British Navy"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-Eyed_Susan], it was the playwright's Jerrold's first successful play, opening at the Surrey Theatre on 26 January 1829 and setting a new record of over 150 performances. It is a key play in the history of English melodrama, and became a stock play across the Empire, also in South Africa, till well into the 20th century.
==Translations and adaptations==
An American version, published  in 1856 by William V. Spencer, Boston, is apparently an adaptation, as it is called "A nautical and domestic drama, in '''two''' acts" (1856), based on the "carefully marked copy" of a performance in the Boston Theatre. 
''[[Black-Eyed Susan, or The Little Bill That Was Taken Up]]'' is a [[burlesque]] of Jerrold's play by Burnand.
== Performance history in South Africa ==
1829: First performed in Cape Town by [[H. Booth]] and local amateurs on 10 November as an afterpiece to ''[[Pizarro, or The Death of Rolla]]'' (Sheridan), with Booth as "William".
1858: Performed (under the full title) by [[Sefton Parry]] and his company on 17 June in the [[Cape Town Theatre]]. Also performed was ''[[Buried Alive, or The Illustrious Stranger]]'' (Milligan and Kenney).
1861: Performed as ''[[Black-Ey'd Susan]]'' by [[Sefton Parry]] and his company on 19 September in the [[Theatre Royal]], with ''[[To Oblige Benson]]'' (Taylor).
1861: Performed as ''[[Black-Ey'd Susan]]'' by [[Leroy and Duret Company]] and his company on 19 September in the [[Theatre Royal]], with ''[[To Oblige Benson]]'' (Taylor).
1875: Performed in the [[Bijou Theatre]], Cape Town, by [[Disney Roebuck]]'s company  on 13 April, with ''[[Black Sheep]]'' (Yates).
== Sources ==
Facsimile of the 1856 Boston version, ''Internet Archive''[https://archive.org/details/blackeyedsusanor00jerr]
[[F.C.L. Bosman]]. 1928. ''Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika'', Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: [[J.H. de Bussy]]. [http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/bosm012dram01_01/]: pp. 209-10, 242, 406.
[[F.C.L. Bosman]]. 1980. ''Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916''. Pretoria: [[J.L. van Schaik]]: pp. 68, 70, 73, 94,  323
[[William Groom]]. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. ''Cape Illustrated Magazine'', 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]
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