James Norval Geselskap

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("The James Norval Company") An Afrikaans touring theatre company founded in 1933 by James Norval. He went on tour with Afrikaans versions of well-known melodramas e.g Verlore Siel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 1934-5), Vadertjie Langbeen (Daddy Longlegs, 1935), Dracula (193*), and Gebeurtenis in die Nag ("??**", 193*). Besides Norval himself in the lead roles, the original cast included Anton Heunis (actor and scene-painter), Louis Rood, Alida Holstock, Japie Lessing,Johann Volschenk, Jessie Kotze, and Rina Lourenz. Later Hennie Slabbert also joined them. After the first tour, Heunis and Rood left to found their own company in 1935. The cast had to play multiple roles to fill the plays, which (according to Ludwig Binge, 1969: p177) greatly affected the quality of performances.


Binge, 1969

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