Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 6. June 3rd, 1948
The Brick Bats
The Brick Bats
Of the weaknesses the most outstanding was, for me, that incident followed incident in such a way that some appeared unfinished when those on stage were literally crowded out by those in the next incident. The script helped to produce this effect by lack of real continuity but I feel the producers could have managed the crowds more carefully and perhaps introduced a line which would allow them to retire more gracefully from the limelight than they did.
The canning machine was a good idea but was perhaps a little clumsy and the name tags could, I believe, have been improved upon.
The Miss Enzed Contest was good as far as it went. It had some of the brightest lines in the script but more could have been made of it. The contestants appeared overlooked and superfluous once they had completed their parts. Perhaps a smaller stage and a dias for the contestants would have helped, it is difficult to say. The contestants themselves played their parts well, Jeff Stewart was, as usual, extremely convincing.
It is unfortunate that the dressing was killed to such a marked degree by the lighting. The Hell backdrop, in which Will Conroy put his best, formed an excellent setting for bright dressing but it appeared to me that too much red was introduced into the lights and so many of the colours were neutralized. This helps to show the necessity for two dress rehearsals, a habit followed by many amateur societies, one of which could be devoted to the correlation of lighting, costuming and other technical matters.
As I have said there was a tendency for the show to drag towards the end. Much of the banquet scene could possibly have been cut and the rest incorporated in the Hell scene. The banquet scene also lost colour by the appearance of many people in ordinary dress. Ordinary dress in itself is of course, not a bad thing, but an extra dress reherasal would have given the producers an opportunity to arrange the costumed and non-costumed in a more pleasing way.
One could continue indefinitely praising and blaming. The good work done by the councillors I have omitted, but as I have already said a show stands or falls on the total impression it creates. Apart from many adverse criticisms of lavatory humour this one has been well received and if it is taken to Napier should receive a tumultuous reception.
J. R. McCreary.