Master Rowlands

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Master Rowlands (fl. 1860s to 1870s) was a local amateur performer in Cape Town.


Biography

He may have been related to, even the son of, W. Rowlands, a clothes merchant in Shortmarket Street (and later a law agent), who had trained his daughter Annie Rowlands to appear on stage (to major acclaim) at twelve years of age in 1858.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

A Master Rowlands is first mentioned as a juvenile director for the Juvenile Christy's Minstrels in 1864. He apparently directed the play Sudden Thoughts (Wilks) for them in June 1864.

Sources

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 268-9,

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