Salient. An organ of student opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 5 April 19, 1939
Cappicade. What the Producers Think [comment from Ralph Hogg]
"Salient" has asked me to give my ideas of the prospects of this year's Extrav. Item "The Vikings." This is rather like asking a trainer who has entered a horse for the Melbourne Cup what its chances are. Now "Salient" is always truthful, so it will not expect or print the blurb which is the usual advance publicity given as a quid pro quo for generous advertisements. Here, then, is my honest opinion of The Vikings. It is a well-written and, as far as burlesque can be, a logical script. It is a topical and caustic satirical comment on recent events in Europe. To some extent humour and wisecracks have been sacrificed so that the point may be clearer.
The heroes of the show so far have been the musicians. Dick Hutchens and Phil Marsack, who have written outstanding original tunes or skillfully adapted old ones. Some excellent work has been done by the costume and property department, and the ballet mistress has devised some clever numbers. The cast, apart from the Easter break, has worked consistently and with enthusiasm. If their efforts are in keeping with those of the others I have mentioned, then the show should prove acceptable to the public and. I hope, worthy of Victoria College.