Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939
Annual Revue — Two Blissful Hours
Two Blissful Hours
The Dramatic Club presented its annual revue to a fair audience last Friday evening. The customary two night season was wisely curtailed.
The actual mechanical arrangement of the revue numbers has become established over the past few years and this year there was no evidence of the occasional outbursts of originality which have characterised the previous efforts, it again took the form of a radio programme with spoken interludes to cover the gaps between itc. .s. This was, however, merely a convention, as so little of the show actually took place on the stage and the announcements, many of them very good, some just too obvious, covered changes of scene that didn't take place. The speaking of the announcements was well done but the other sounds from the amplifier were exceedingly disconcerting, particularly during some good serious songs, which by the way, were accompanied by a young lady on the piano who struggled with the score in the darkness because someone had forgotten to turn the lights on.
It must be stated in extenuation that we had heard of many bright ideas but there seemed to have been some mishap perhaps with the censor. Actually it was abvious that the show was not properly prepared. Some of the waits were too long and the whole affair lacked the essential neatness to make it entertaining. Many of the turns were good and well fitted together and rehearsed would have made a very enjoyable evening. The talent was in most cases first-class We have so far avoided mentioning artists' names but I can get no farther without giving the big hand of the evening to that accomplished but modest actor, John Bullock.
Seriously, the show had many good points and only small details prevented it from being good entertainment. The Dramatic Club must tackle the question of preparation seriously. It would be unfortunate if it fell into the evil ways of some few years ago