Japie's Courtship

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Japie's Courtship is a one act play by an author with the nom-de-plume of "Mowbray-Kloof".

The original text

The pseudonym, a combination of the names of two well-known Cape Town suburbs, suggests a local author, According to the critic D.C. Boonzaier (1923), this was "a weak and attenuated variation of Mr Black's Love and the Hyphen".

Though Boonzaier's comments seem to refer to a full-length play, the suggestion that it was a one-act play comes from the theatre historian Gosher (1988), who does not mention the author.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1911: Produced in the Opera House, Cape Town, by an unnamed company, failing totally.


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. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.435

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