The Prescotian Webzine

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The School Dramatic Society's production of " The Knight of the Burning Pestle," by Beaumont and Fletcher, marks yet another successful excursion into the realm of Elizabethan drama. The play itself, a burlesque upon the theatre and theatre-goers of the early 17th century, was enthusiastically received by large audiences who were able to see and enjoy their own foibles. The citizen's ceaseless demands for Ralph, his wife's care for their protege, her stock of liquorice and her entire misconception of the plot, all evoked much amusement—amusement which was not banished even by the tense scenes between Jasper and Luce.

By reason of its form the play had not the dramatic quality of several previous productions, nevertheless a thoroughly competent caste successfully surmounted all the obstacles in their path. The laurels were borne away by L. Clarke, who gave a masterly portrayal of Ralph — the grocer-errant — successfully captivating the attentions of the audience on every appearance. J. G. Lowe and A. L. Jackson are also to be congratulated for their superb performances as the proud grocer and his garrulous wife. The part of Master Humphrey was ably played by J. Webster. S. Craven as the genial Merrythought, aroused great amusement by reason of his tendency to burst into song. H. Foster (Jasper) made a spirited hero and suitor to A. W. Perkins (Luce). The remainder of the caste all showed distinct ability and contributed immeasurably to the success of the production.

The play afforded an excellent night's entertainment, upon which the Society may look back with pride and draw encouragement for the future.


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