The Circus Adventure

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The Circus Adventure by James Ambrose Brown. A popular children's play about ***

The original text

First produced by ** in 19**. First published by DALRO in 1978.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into several languages e.g. into German as Das Zirkusabenteuer, which was produced in Munich and Staatstheater Kassel, into Hebrew and produced in Tel Aviv by Cameri Theatre, and into Arabic [played in Jerusalem], (Playscript NELM [Collection: Brown, James Ambrose]: 1982. 52. 90. 6).

The play was also reworked as a musical.

Afrikaans translation by Laurie van der Merwe: Die Sirkusavontuur (Playscript [Typescript (mimeographed)][Collection: BROWN, James Ambrose]: 1998. 146. 78. 2.)

Performance history in South Africa

A 19** version produced by Jimmy Mentis. Cast included: Peter Lynsky; June Hern; Estelle Kohler; Bryan Bales; Dale Swanepoel; Helen Braithwaite.

Presented by CAPAB English Drama in the Hofmeyr Theatre in December 1973, directed by John Burch starring Simon Swindell, Lois Butlin, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Roland Stafford, Willie Esterhuysen, David Crichton. Designer: Penny Simpson.

Produced in Grahamstown in 1984.

Presented by the Playhouse Company at the Playhouse Studio, Durban, opening 9 December 1994, directed by Murray McGibbon starring Stephen Gurney, Christopher Catherine, Garth Anderson, Greg King, Tammy Ballantyne, James Ngcobo, Trevor Draai. Design by Deon van Dorp.

Die Sirkusavontuur, title of the Afrikaans translation directed by Laurie van der Merwe for PACT, opening in the Little Theatre, Pretoria, on 28 March 1969. Décor by David Mackenzie; costumes and wigs by Bee Mackenzie. the cast: Christopher Hale, Lorraine Elberg, Lynette Marais, Jan Prinsloo, Price Coetzee, George Ballot.


Nico Malan Theatre Centre pamphlet

Teater SA, 1(4), 1969.

Playhouse Parade, Dec 1994-Jan 1995.

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