Colour Sergeant Heaven

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Colour Sergeant Heaven was a soldier and performer in Cape Town circa 1862.


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An officer in the British Garrison in Cape Town, He was the organizing figure behind the company of African Minstrels who are reported to have performed an interlude during a performance of The Miller and His Men and A Kiss in the Dark by officers and men from the 11th Regiment in the Barracks Theatre, Cape Town on Tuesday 2 December 1862.

Though it is tempting to assume otherwise in this case, the rank of "Colour Sergeant" does not mean that Heaven was from an African corps of some kind, it is in fact a specific rank of non-commissioned officer found in several armies[1]. It is likely though that his cast of Minstrels consisted of ensigns under his care.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 167

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