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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1935. Volume 6. Number 11.


The Dramatic Club's production of J. B. Priestley's new play. "Laburnum Grove," played before large audiences on Friday and Saturday nights, was a creditable success. The play, very worthy and suitable, deals with the life of a respectable suburban family with the usual parasites, an uncle and aunt, and a designing prospective son-in-law. The bombshell which the father drops, very casually at supper, changes the whole tone of the play and gives rise to most amusing situations. He solemnly declares that his business is a blind and that he is in reality a counterfeiter on a large scale. The reaction of the self-righteous "hangers-on" and their contending hopes and fears, reveal characterisation of a very subtle order. The arrival of an Inspector from Scotland Yard gives a most impressive climax, to be followed by an anticlimax in the arrival of the village constable asking for a subscription to the local Football Club, which is handed over in notes, in a rather too casual manner.