La Joie Fait Peur

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La Joie Fait Peur is a one act French comedy in 23 scenes by Delphine de Girardin (1804-1855)[] and L.J. Gérard ()[]

The original text

First performed in Paris, at the Théâtre-Français on 25 February, 1854.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted into English as a one act play called Kerry by Dion Boucault ()[].

Performance history in South Africa

1903: Performed as Kerry by the Edward Terry and his company in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, on 6 April, along with The Passport (Stephenson and Yardley).


Transcript version of the original French text, Théâ[1]

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.414.

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