Colonel Barlow

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Colonel Barlow (17**- 18**) was a member of the British garrison at Cape Town and an amateur actor.

As an actor he was one of the early stalwarts of the Garrison Players and played "Puff" the auctioneer in a production of Taste (Foote) in May 1800. In her diaries Lady Anne Barnard refers to the play as "Teasle" and calls his performance "inimitable".

He also sang some songs as interludes, as was the fashion at the time and was suspected of having written some verses for inclusion in the plays.


Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg: p. 22.

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 61, 63, 107, 109.

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