Laughing Dandino

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Laughing Dandino is a stage adaptation of The Story of the Laughing Dandino, a children's story by Ursula Moray Williams (1911-2006)[1]

The original text

The novel was published in 1948.

A complete draft typescript of a play adaptation of The Story of Laughing Dandino by the author is held in the Ursula Moray Williams Collection at Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books (Reference Number(s) GB 1840 UMW/01/01/11/03, possibly created c 1948)[2].

Translations and adaptations

Laughing Dandino, another adaptation for the stage, was made by Jill Fletcher in 1975.

Performance history in South Africa

1975: First performed as Laughing Dandino in December 1975 by the Bergvliet Dramatic Society, directed by Jill Fletcher, with Dorothy Le Croisette (Narrator), Kevin Barry (Manuel the Blacksmith), Ron Fenton (Burgomaster), Tom Bassett (Priest), Joan Lawrence (Schoolmistress), Embla Newton (Burgomaster’s wife), Tony Fletcher (Dandino), Bibby Saleckie, Leslie Tennant and Pam Davis. The puppeteers were Christopher Coomer, Duncan Cameron, Nicola Mitchell, Monica Korpershoek, Jane Evans, Hector Coull and Anna-Marie Robb, while the children were played by Pat Utley, Mark Banks, Craig Lee, Ross Fenton, Timothy Clark and Tina Hack.


Cast list: Laughing Dandino (courtesy of Frazer Fenton)[3]

Correspondence with Frazer Fenton (April, 2016)

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