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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 16.

"Thread o' Scarlet."

"Thread o' Scarlet."

Good production and realistic off stage effects were the features of the third play, a drama of terror and mystery. The action is laid in the bar-room of a lovely country inn where three village tradesmen are discussing the hanging of a neighbour (really innocent) that morning. The real murderer, who actually served on the jury which sentenced the innocent man, is present. An atmosphere of suspense, heightened by a raging storm, is maintained to the last dramatic line with which the murderer betrays himself, "Breen you dirty thief, you've been robbing my safe."

That the players succeeded in acting up to the atmosphere of the play is attested to by the dead silence of an intensely interested audience.

Duncan impressed us as the landlord. As tradesmen, McGhie was consistently good, Dowrick perhaps too casual, and Freeman as the real culprit, gave a highly emotional display. Drummond as a storm-bound traveller did what was expected of him very efficiently.

Dorothea Tossman's second production. A great piece of work.

To Ian Gow behind stage must go much of the credit for the smooth running of the show. His three settings were all well conceived and executed, while there was no hitch or lack of realism in his effects.