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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11., No. 9. 28th July 1948


After a long hibernation, punctuated by a few shoots that were soon nipped in the bud, it seems Drama in this College is ready to bloom. In fact the first few tender Petals are opening slowly, shyly, and with a great deal of circumspection. Not only in the Drama Club but also in the Literary Society is this phenomena to be heard and seen. Last Wednesday, 14th, there was presented, for the benefit of a large (comparatively) audience, a reading of Thos. Kyd's "Spanish Tragedy," by the Literary Society.

These readings provide amusement and are of great benefit to all students, and John Thompson is to be congratulated in presenting them. "The Spanish Tragedy" is certainly a harrowing story, concerning the death of Hieronimo's son, Horatio and Hieronimo's subsequent seeking of revenge, By the time the play is finished, bodies lie scattered over the stage in true Elizabethan style. Although the Literary Society could not recapture the true tragedy in a reading, the play was, on the whole, well done. The performance was a great improvement on the last reading, where there was no action. Undoubtedly actions do give the audience a better idea of the play, as well as providing more amusement. We are glad to see that the Literary Society will be producing more of these readings of Elizabethan plays, for they are well worth seeing and hearing.