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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 20, No. 2. March 29, 1956

An evening with Colleen Walling

An evening with Colleen Walling

For their first production of 1956 Thespians have chosen Noel Coward's "Relative Values."

The leading part, Felicity, Countess of Marshwood, was tailor-made for Miss Gladys Cooper, and is therefore a very difficult part for any actress apart from Miss Cooper, or any actress of her calibre, to put across.

Mrs. Marie Bullock failed miserably. She killed most of the humour by playing the part in a cumbersome way, rather than playing Felicity as a vague, scatty but delightful woman. Mrs. Bullock was inclined not to listen to another character, but was always waiting for her cue, more often than not cutting in too early.

Robert Hedges played an intellectual Jeeves with great gusto and was obviously enjoying himself.

But the person who stole the show was Miss Colleen Walling, who played the part of Miranda Frayle, a Hollywood minx. She was the only one who had obviously thought out her performance to the last detail, even to the point where she merely put her handkerchief in her pocket and one could determine her character. Her part called for over-acting and this she did. A thoroughly delightful, and to me, a memorable performance.