Jannie Kortbroek

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Jannie Kortbroek ("Johnny short pants") is a South African satirical comedy by an unknown author.


Attributed to Stephen Black by P.W. Laidler in his Annals of the Cape Stage (1926), a belief taken up by a number of sources (e.g. the Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa, Thelma Gutsche and Jill Fletcher).

However, Stephen Gray (1999, p.101), claims that the play was not by Black, but a work written in imitation of Stephen Black's popular plays, and was misattributed to Black by P.W. Laidler in his Annals of the Cape Stage (1926).

One source (Eastern Province Herald, June 7 1916) attributes the play to a J.P. Acland Bischoff (1874-1936).

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Performance history in South Africa

1916: Staged at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from June 9-15.


Eastern Province Herald, June 7, 1916.

Stephen Gray. 1999. Free-lancers and Literary Biography in South Africa. Rodopi, 1999: p.101.

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