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The Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918

Amateur Frolic Company

Amateur Frolic Company.

Concert parties are the rage in Palestine, and one of the best is the A.F.C. Amateur Frolic Company, which gave an entertainment on June 29th. last, somewhere in the Promised Land. The stage was erected in the interior of a hangar, and the scenery was the work of A/M A.R. Betteridge. The Company has a fine orchestra, many of the players having been professionals before the war, and great praise is due to the conductor, A/M G. Hampton, whose untiring efforts have brought it to its present state of perfection. Perhaps the best vocal item in the first half of the programme was the song, "Night Dreams," rendered by A/M Dagwell. A/M's Luxton and Lander received much applause for their duet "The Battle Eve." An acrobatic turn by Cpl. Clutterbuck and A/M Shiers, a rag-time selection by A/Ms Dawes and Gilberg, and Cpl Taylor's song "Friend of Mine," were all highly popular items. The second half of the programme opened with a musical farce entitled "Fortune Hunting." The two concluding songs "The Australian Rag" and "For me and my Girl", were sung both by the Company and the audience. Praise is due to the stage manager, A/M. C. Dawes, also to Sgt. O.H. Coulson, who designed the unique programme cards. The Frolics are now preparing a new programme, which will be staged at an early date.