Our Volunteers

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

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Created and performed 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

1863: Performed by Mrs Cooper herself as part of a benefit evening for her by the newly founded Port Elizabeth Dramatic Club. Collaborators included former members of the old Sefton Parry Company, such as John Howard and her husband R.S. Cooper, who built and painted the with scenery. The evening also included performances of 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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