The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1931
"The Dark Angel"
"The Dark Angel"
The play, "The Dark Angel," by H. B. Trevelyan, and produced by the Dramatic Club in June last, was one of the best that have been selected since the Club's rejuvenation. It was not particularly deep or profound, but contained excellent characterisation, action, and a definite line of humour, totally unforced. One feels, however, that the cast actually did the play justice. Such a well-chosen team, in the efficient and artistic hands of Miss Mary Cooley, could not fail to be successful.
To Miss Cooley again goes the deepest gratitude of the Club for her work. Both her performance and production set a standard.
Of the numerous helpers, one cannot be passed over. Mr. Cedric Wright has proved that efficient stage management is an art long neglected by the Club. We offer our sincere appreciation of his efforts.
Of the cast, apart from the artistic work of Miss Cooley, we must mention specially Mr. Ralph Hogg, whose effort was finished, easy and, in the dramatic moments, intensely gripping, a triumph of restraint. The others of the cast were, without exception, good. Mr. Priestey, as Sir Evelyn (a definite improvement on his great lover efforts), was easy and consistent. Mr. Carl Watson, as Gerald, was another whose restraint and easy manner made the part definitely real. Mr. Chadwick wasthe bright spot of the evening as "Franny." His speech, actions and appearance were almost perfect, a masterpiece of casting and acting. Miss Murray and Miss Eccles, as "Vi" and "Madge," were perfect foils for Kitty. Miss Murray especially, by her poise and diction, created a very pleasing impression.
The interlude between "Tom" and "Winnie," played by Mr. F. Cormack and Miss Dorothea Tossman, was as delightful as it was short. Mr. Cormack did the best piece of work he has yet done, and his diction was especially commendable. Miss Tossman was excellent. Here is a young actress whose record in the Club should be long and distinguished.
The minor parts were all well played.
Miss Lambourne and Miss McCaul were well cast and the latter's voice came in for much appreciative comment. The butler, Mr. Middlebrook, looked the part and, though a trifle informal, sustained it satisfactorily.
It is difficult to keep an earnest appreciation within limits, but the play was an unquestioned success and the few students who were present were convinced that the Club's efforts are not recognised in the College. With a continuance of Miss Cooley's help to produce such plays, the Club in the future should have no reason to be dubious about College support.