Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 7. June 11, 1947
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The Literary Society formed this year includes play reading among its activities. Elizabeth Millward is convenor of the play reading group; they have spent a highly successful night reading Marlowe's "Edward II" and are now taking a Sunday afternoon and evening over another Elizabethan Play, Forde's "Tis Pity she's a Whore." Another Literary Society group dealing with prose of the 1940's plans to read a play by Jean-Paul Sartre, "In Camera," which has as its theme a highly interesting and controversial philosophy. This reading will take place, probably in the Music Room, in the near future.
Not all students need limit themselves to the English language or translations. The VUC French Club has started its career by doing a small play, and further play readings and productions of French plays by students are intended during the year. Then there is the annual VUC production presented at the Wellington Cercle Francais. This year "Le Barbier de Seville" by Beaumarchais will be the major production, produced by Frankie Huntington.
Rehearsals of any kind in the lower Gym usually take place under certain difficulties. On a recent Tuesday evening the soccer club was running about energetically up above with a ball; the Swords Club was indulging in Dumas-esque poses as they clashed steels down below, and a number of gentlemen were holding a mysterious conversation at the back of the stage itself. The Exec. was in session; "Salient" room was the usual den of furious and vociferous activity. In the midst of this stimulating University environment the cast of "King Lear" were attempting to throw themselves into their parts—"Howl, howl, howl; Oh, you are men of stone."
The student world then is becoming dramatically minded. May the revival flourish. Who knows—This outburst of talent may produce next year the Extravaganza that Wellington citvns will never forget—or is this type of dramatic art on another plane?