The Dear Departed
The Dear Departed is a one act farce by Stanley Houghton  (1881-1913).
The original text
First produced at the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester on 2 November 1908.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into Afrikaans as Oupa Saliger by Stephanie Fauré and published in the collection Lank mag sy Lewe en ander Eenbedrywe by J.L. van Schaik (1952, also containing the translations into Afrikaans of Send Her Victorious by Philip Johnson (Lank Mag sy Lewe), Honeymoon Couple by Neil Forbes Grant (Die Jonggetroudes), and Keep Calm by Louis Goodrich (Bly Kalm).
Possibly translated as In Liefdevolle Herinnering ("In loving memory") by an unknown translator.
Translated as Die Geliefde Ontslapene and adapted for radio by Eghard van der Hoven. Broadcast in the programme in Kleinteater by the Afrikaans Service of the SABC. Copies of the SABC script found in the radio archives of the Stellenbosch Drama Department.
Performance history in South Africa
1945: Performed in English during the first Cape Town Drama Festival, presented by the Association of Speech Teachers at the Cathedral Hall.
1954: Presented in Cape Town by The Cambridge Players in aid of Claremont Hebrew School funds on 1 May 1954 starring Percy Sieff.
1955: Presented at an Inter-schools play festival at the Uitenhage Town Hall, adjudicated by Prof. F.G. Butler, on 5 August.
1957: An Afrikaans version of a one-act play by Stanley Houghton play entitled In Liefdevolle Herinnering (by an unknown translator) was presented by the B.A.T. on 30 October 1957, directed by Louis Pienaar. The original play is quite possibly The Dear Departed.
Trek, 10(4):18, 1945.
Material held by NELM: [Collection: SIEFF, Percy]: 2013. 25. 4. 24 and [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 17. 45.
Radio text of Die Geliefde Ontslapene found in the Drama Department archives, University of Stellenbosch
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