The Mischievous Nigger

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The Mischievous Nigger is a "negro farce" in one act and one scene by Charles White (1821-1891)[1].

The original text

A minstrel show, it was probably first performed performed at White's Opera House, 49 Bowery, N.Y and published in New York by F. A. Brady (No XV in Brady's Ethiopian Drama) in 1856.

Performance history in South Africa

1868: Performed by the Phoenix Club in the St Aloysius Hall, Cape Town, in October along with a "comic scene" called Who's Bones?. Among the performers mentioned in the farce were Mr Williams, Mr Tinus, Mr Samuels, Mr Redmonds, Mr Edwards and Mr Joseph.

1870: Performed, along with The Area Belle, in the New Lyceum Theatre in July by J. Ryan and the 86th Royal Downshire Minstrels, aided by the Amateur Coloured Troupe.


Facsimile version of the original Brady text, HathiTrust Digital Library[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 273, 279

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