JULIUS KNIGHT DRAMATIC CLUB. The Julius Knight Dramatic Club made their fist appearance in Akaroa on Saturday evening last. There was a good attendance at the Oddfellowa' Hall, Akaroa, and the entertainment was an exceedingly pleasant one. The first item was the play, "Browne with an E," a little comedy of errors,"in which are introduced a lady with nerves, a German Count adventurer, a charming little American girl and the young London clerk, Mr Brown without an E, the scene being laid in a Swiss Hotel. The parts were well taken by all the actors, and the audi ence showed their appreciation of the various humorous points in the eicua-j tion. For the second piece the Com pany presented a play entitled "Daugh tera of Belgium " The scene was laid in a Belgian home, and opened with a terrified girl aloue with ber ( fears. Her sister comes in shortly to] announce the arrangements had been mode for their escape from the village before the arrival of the Germans. Her lover, an Englishman, is taking 1 them away to England. Later, the girl's young brother runs in to and nounce the death of their father, anthe imo/ediats arrival of the German s the news being brought in by a wounded Belgian soldier, who had got
■ nafc far ny woaiing the disguise of » German uniform. Seeing that they are hemmed in, the elder girl, wbo can epeak German, persuades her brother to get the German uniform worn by (heir dead friend, and proceeds to dis guise herself ns a German officer. A half Iruuken German soldier enters, nnc ibe household is saved by the elder inughr.er'B pluck apd, ingenuity Thi-
piece brought before one forcibly the ■miiiir- -offend by the unfortunatf Belgians. A Dumber among tbe audience did not appear to realise thai tbe piece was a picture of tbe suffer ings of one of our unfortunate Allies in the war. Whatever each individual thought of the way in which the piece was acted, and everyone has b right to their own criticism, tbe terrible suffer ings of Belgium are hardly a subjeo of laughter, Tbe laughter was prr> [bably thoughtless, and came from children, boys in the most part, bu ! tbe disturbing offenders should have been ejected as a lesson to others. Id the face of an unsympathetic audience tbe ladies did their parts very credit ably, and the two girls sang the duet " Sweet and Low" very pieasiugly The performance concluded with Pinero's farce comedy " Tbe Play goers," id which a benevolent mistress decides to-send her etaff of servants to tbe theatre. Tbe dramatic club was hampered by several members who took part in this piece being unable to come to Akaroa. However, the piece was most amusing. The cook was excel lent, as also the refined and oasuai housemaid, tbe hysterical parlourmaid and the dissenting maid. The casual man of all work, Gale, acted his part of an irritating and inquisitive servant with credit, while tbe outraged master and mistress who lose all the servants in the end through their well meant kindness did their parts well. SAOBED CONOEhT.
After the church service on Sunday night, the same oompany gave a sacred concert in the evening. The performance was not a long one, but the items were much appreciated by the audience. The duet "Three Fishers," the boy's solo "May Morn ing," and the song "Sunshine and Rain," were especially good. HAYWARD'S PICTURES.
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AMUSEMENTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Issue 3412, 7 April 1915