T. Coughlin

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T. Coughlin was a sergeant in the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot when the Regiment was sent to the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony (now the Eastern Province, South Africa) between 1860 and 1862 shortly after the Xhosa cattle-killing movement and famine (1857-1858). The regiment was based in Grahamstown and Keiskama Hoek. (Modern spelling: Keiskammahoek.)

He held the rank of sergeant when he arrived in the Cape Colony.

Sergeant T. Coughlin acted in five productions during his stay in the Eastern Frontier.

T. Coughlin was a member of the Dramatic Club, and performed once with the Officers of the Regiment, three times with The Sergeants and once with the Amateurs of the Band.

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, Keiskama Hoek, December 10, 1862, page 270.)


He was one of the Amateurs of the Band who produced shows for the entertainment of the troops and nearby civilians.

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

October 8, 1860: Acted in The Sergeants performance of Mark Lemon's one-act farce, The Camp at Chobham. (First Sapper).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 2, Grahamstown, September 15, 1860, page 18.)

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 3, Grahamstown, November 1, 1860, page 30.)

October 12, 1860: Acted in The Sergeants production of William Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth. (Seyton, an officer attending on Macbeth, & Porter).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 3, November 1, 1860. Page 31.)

June 13 & 17, 1861: Acted in The Sergeants Dramatic Club three-act romantic drama, adapted from Walter Scott’s poem, The Lady of the Lake. (Norman, a bridegroom, herald to Roderick).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 8, September 30, 1861. Page 108.)

December 25, 1861: Acted in the pantomimic ballet of Don Juan, staged by the Amateurs of the Band. (Pedro, a fisherman).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 10, Christmas Supplement, 1861. Page 146)

January 20, 1862: Acted in the Officers of the Regiment performance of J. R. Planche's one-act serio-comic, bombastic, operatic interlude, Amoroso, King of Little Britain. (1st Lord of the Bed-Chamber).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 11, January 28, 1862, page 163.)


See below individual productions.

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1.

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