Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 7. June 9, 1943
[Letter from G. H. Underwood to Salient Vol. 6, No. 7. June 9, 1943]
—Your issue of May 26th has four letters and what appears to be a demi-semi-editorial, all adversely criticising Extrav.
As a humble citizen, perhaps a little too long in the tooth, but fortunately retaining some of the verve of youth, I must say I found Extrav. well up to the standard of shows of similar character, and considering all the difficulties that must have been associated with the production, the location for instance, quite comparable with overseas efforts in that it was both typical and topical.
To say that it was a "tirade of abuse" (strong words) against our Division, our Allies, private individuals, and political luminaries, is, of course, ridiculous.
Vulgar—well, to the puritan perhaps.
Extrav. was a good show, no doubt requiring a great deal of hard work in the trying times we now live in.
Of course University life breeds a kind of self "centre-ism" in some (unfortunately), but take it from me, it will be a sad, sad, sorry day when we can't laugh at our shortcomings.
Most hearty congratulations to all concerned with Extrav., in front, behind, before, and after.
G. H. Underwood.