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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939

Debating Society

page 71

Debating Society

With an inexperienced but enthusiastic committee, whose activities, unfortunately, were sadly disorganised by reason of various resignations, the Dramatic Club has had, on the whole a successful though uneven year.

The first production was A. A. Milne's "Dover Road," produced by Alan Gordon, and acted very competently by an experienced cast. Patrick Macaskill and Miss June Cummins did especially good work.

Two major productions were scheduled for the second term. The first was Edna Ferber's "Stage Door," a play no; in some ways suitable for the 'Varsity stage and its restrictions, and also requiring great care in producing, done by Marie MacWilliams. That it succeeded and was thoroughly appreciated by good audiences was a tribute to all connected with the production. Amongst the cast Margaret Freeman had the lion's share of work, and showed distinct promise.

Later in the term an evening of short plays was presented—"Danger," a fragment by Richard Hughes; "Flickering Light," a New Zealand-written thriller; and a political farce, "Where's that Bomb" by Buckley Roberts and Roger Cyullan. The first two were far below Dramatic Club standards, but compensation was provided the short two-act "Where's that Bomb?" which surely must be one of the most discussed plays ever presented at 'Varsity. Unfortunately reviews were inadequate and missed the really vital content of the piece. The respective producers were June Cummins, H. W. Williamson, and Alan Gordon.

The presentation of four major productions, committee disorganisation, and atrocious rehearsing conditions, militated against extensive activity, but a reading of Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" was enjoyed by a small audience in the second term.

"Hops" again this year followed all productions and are always popular. A feature has been made of semi-vegetarian suppers.

The year closes with the annual revue, which should provide popular entertainment of the usual high standard, and with much new talent offering the Club looks forward to another successful year.