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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 6. Wednesday, June 24, 1959

Kiwi Goes Cretan

page 7

Kiwi Goes Cretan

The Campion touch was unmistakeable in the recent Wellington College production of Anton Vogt's "Kiwi On Crete."

Mr Vogt must have felt pleased it fell into such good hands for combined with the enthusiasm of the young players the play looked better than it was.

As an attempt to show the development of the Kiwi soldier overseas in battle the play misses the target badly.


It is long and confused. Conflicting themes straggle along in tenuously connected scenes that lack a cohesive whole.

In fact the play didn't seem to start till the "Kiwi" had escaped from the Germans and entered a sympathetic Cretan's farmhouse more than half-way through the tale.

At last there were genuine dramatic possibilities, but by this time we had suffered the privations of the front, the gall of defeat, the ire of capture, the anxiety of those at home and the aftermath of Mr Vogt's uncertainty about patriotism—each in themselves subjects for other plays.


Particularly meritorious was the work of Barry Green as the Cretan farmer and Martin Kerr, a prisoner of war companion to the principal character Bill. This last part was perhaps not as sure as it might have been, yet neither was the character study. Robert Laking was nevertheless more than competent. The girls produced some good work.

Much credit must go for some striking sets and to Richard Campion for his obvious keenness to bring some dubious material to a more complete fruition.