Crossing the Line

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There are two plays known by this name:

Crossing the Line, or Crowded Houses by G. Almar and Crossing the Line by Colleen Craig.

Crossing the Line, or Crowded Houses (1833) by George Almar (fl. 1830-1840)

Also found fancifully written as †ing the ———, as well as Crossing the Line, or Crowded House, Crossing the Line, or Crowded Houses! or simply Crossing the Line.

The original text

A comic drama in two acts, also described as a farce in two acts in some editions.

First performed on January 1833, it was published in the same year, as Issue 87 of Duncombe's acting edition of the British theatre ans subsequently as Issue 984 of Dicks' standard plays, and as a French's acting edition.

Published in London by Duncombe, [1833?]

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by the Le Roy-Duret Company company on 10 October. It was billed as Crossing the Line (†ing the ———), or Crowded Houses and described as a "Musical farcical Drama in 2 Acts". Also performed were The Ladies' Club (Lemon) and a dance by Miss Clara.

Crossing the Line (1989) by Colleen Craig

The original text

A play in two acts, set in urban Transvaal, South Africa, it describes the experiences of three women: an activist, an artist and a model; exploring contemporary women's experience as social, sexual and political beings.

Shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in London. Published by Playwrights Canada Press, 1989.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

The Baxter Theatre presented the première of the play in the Baxter Studio in August 1989, directed by Mavis Taylor, starring Belinda Koning (Hannie), Michelle Maxwell (Ann), Ingrid Emslie Rosie), David Haynes (Mark), Gaynor Young (Paula). Design by Brian Collins, lighting by Craig Dobson.


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p. 99[1]

UNC Libraries Catalog[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 230, 236.

Crossing the Line Baxter Theatre programme, 1989.

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