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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 7. June 13, 1945

French sans Tears Brings Tears of Laughter

French sans Tears Brings Tears of Laughter

Perfect casting and careful production rejuvenated the well-worn comedy "French Without Tears" and resulted in a provocative and thoroughly enjoyable reading at the Drama Club's evening on Tuesday, May 31. Playing to an audience of fifty, Geoff Datson as the typical British sea-dog, Jackie Patrick as the lightly-clad siren, and Ted Harcourt as the cynical hero were outstanding.

Then there was Kerry Jordan, excellent as the French professor (reminiscent in that we only understood a word or two), Bob Twaddle hearty, naughty but nice, and Anne Beaglehole, who put across the daughter of the house with quiet charm. Godfrey Wilson bandied his small part well. Jeff Stewart, though suffering from nerves and the cold, dithered effectively from one woman to the other, as the impressionable Kit.

Jean Priest and Gib. Bogle handled the laughter (without being cast for it), plus surprise ending and supper. Betty Spinley, the producer, is to be commended on her first production.

The Drama Club is now a hive of industry; its programme schedule is as follows:—
  • Friday, June 29.—Evening of Oneact Plays.
  • Friday, July 13.—British Drama League.
  • Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28—Major production.
  • September 13, 14 and 15—"Duchess of Malfi."

Then there are the meetings every Tuesday night in the Gym. Next Tuesday, June 12, there is a reading of "The Late Christopher Bean," translated by Emlyn Williams.

Anyone who wants to Join should contact the secretary per the letter rack. Actors, producers and stage mechanics are extremely welcome.