The Kickapoos

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The Kickapoos were a dance troupe active in Cape Town circa the 1870s.

The group was apparently founded by, and consisted of, Mr Wilmore, Mr Leonard and Mr Pine, who performed in productions in Cape Town.

For instance, they are first mentioned by Bosman (1980) for their appearance in a production of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by the Disney Roebuck company at the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 18 February 1878, performing A Grand Demon Ballet ZigZag (repeated 18 to 21 March), followed by a number of performances in support of plays, including William Tell and Adrift.

They were later renamed The Grotesques, and under that name performed for Disney Roebuck in the Theatre Royal a number of times during June 1878, as accompaniment to plays such as British Born, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Two Orphans, etc.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 366-369

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