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Our Volunteers is a locally devised ballet created by Mrs Cooper.

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Created by Mrs Cooper, with scenery, "expressly painted and devised" by her husband, Mr R.S. Cooper", and described by a reviewer as "one of the grandest and most clever scenic productions ever witnessed at the Cape".

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Performance history in South Africa

1861-1864: Performed by Mrs Cooper herself as one of the pieces performed by the Port Elizabeth Dramatic Club and collaborators, during these, its active years.

1863: Performed in Port Elizabeth by the newly founded P.E. Dramatic Club and with the help om members of the old Howard and Cooper Company and with scenery built and painted by R.S. Cooper, in the early part of the year, as a benefit for Mrs Cooper, That Affair at Finchley (Coyne) and Still Waters Run Deep (Taylor).


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.296-8

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