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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 15. August 7, 1952

A Critic . .

A Critic . . .

Sir,—I can't let D.B.S. got away with his ill-judged criticism of John Curtis's acting of Ramese in the Training College's "The First-born." (Please note the correct title. D.B.S) A "tendency to recite" con hardly be a bad fault in an actor delivering lines by Christopher Fry—or by Shakespeare, T. 8. Eliot, J. M. Synge. or any other poetic playwright. What would be the point of attempting a purely naturalistic delivery of lines that were never meant to represent ordinary speech? The good actor combines both poetry and natralism—he puts his lines across convincingly, but still retains their beauty. John Curtis managed to do this more efficiently than the others in the play. How a critic could fail to notice this just beat me.

E.H. Belford.