Edward Sass

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Edward Sass (1858-1916) was an actor-manager


Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 1895 he brought the Edward Sass Gaiety Company to South Africa to perform a number of plays under the auspices of the Wheeler Theatre Company, inter alia opening at the Opera House, Cape Town, on 1 June. Other company members, besides Sass himself, included James Nelson, J.H. Darnley, J.B. Gordon, Emma Glynne and Ada Logan. Their repertoire included The New Woman (Grundy), Doctor Bill (Carré /Aidé), The Case of Rebellious Susan (Jones), Liberty Hall (Dibdin), The Solicitor (Darnley), The Masqueraders (Jones), The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Pinero) and The Bauble Shop (Jones).

According to Boonzaier (1923), Sass was an admirable actor and excellent manager, most punctilious about the mise-en-scène of his productions, one "who afterwards played a prominent part in several South African theatrical enterprises".

He would later play what Boon



D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

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

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

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