Mr Turvey

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Mr Turvey (possibly 1781-1843) was an amateur theatre enthusiast and possible actor in Grahamstown.


Nothing is known of him at present, beyond the name mentioned by P.W. Laidler and F.C.L. Bosman.

However, an Edward Turvey is mentioned on the website [1] as being born in Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland in 1781, and dying on 24 August 1843, in Grahamstown. It is most likely that this could be the same person.

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

Cited as "Turvey" in the Prologue of a performance of The Rivals, he is reported to have helped construct the first performance space for the Grahamstown Amateur Company in 1837, performing under the motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense. He presumably also participated in the performances.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 388.

P.W. Laidler. 1926. The Annals of the Cape Stage. Edinburgh: William Bryce.

"Edward Turvey", website at

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