Mr Durban

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Mr Durban (fl. mid 19th century) was a Cape Town resident and amateur performer.

Also found as Mr D'Urban or Mr D'urban


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

He was a member of and a leading performer for the Cape Town Theatrical Club (later to become the Cape Town Dramatic Club) in the period 1858-1861.

He is mentioned by Bosman (1980) as performing songs, as an interlude, on 17 July 1860 during performances by the Cape Town Dramatic Club of Power and Principle (Schiller/Barnett) and Two Heads are Better than One (Horne).

He also led a minstrels troupe known as the The Ethiopian Minstrels (or D'Urban's Ethiopian Minstrels, that participated in a "Grand Entertainment" put on by Mr St George in March of 1861. They performed a "Variety of Negro Melodies" on the occasion.


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

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