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