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HAYWARDS' PICTURES. Tho screening of the current week's programme at the Octagon commenced last evening before a very large audience. The new bill provided by tho management was well up to the usual high standard, tho war news section being particularly interesting. This portion comprised scenes showing the sorry plight of the inhabitants of Antwerp during the recent siege of that town. One must witness these pictures to realise the terrible experiences the Belgians came through. The arrival of the British reinforcements into Antwerp proved somewhat of an inspiring sight, and naturally this was received with great applause. The ' Gaumont Graphic,' too, contained many war scenes, extending over England, France, and Russia, all of which were much appreciated. A drama of intense interest, entitled ' Shepherd of the Southern Cross,' met with immediate favor. It featured Miss Vera Penrce, with an entirely Australian cast. The primary scenes of the piece are laid down in London, where, innocent of a crime of which he has been accused, a young man decides to seek pastures new, and subsequently lands in Australia. Later on he becomes a shepherd on a large station, and by a series of tragic coincidences he meets there the man who had been responsible for his tinhappiiiess. ami also the woman with whom he had been in love. The latter is eventually lost in the bush, while the man seeks refuge in his humble hut. She is afterwards rescued by her previous lover, and consequently a reconciliation is effected. The acting is all that could be desired, and the photography is perfect. The scenes are pervaded throughout with a good assortment of typical country life. A comedy. • The Basket Habit,' created much amusement. ft described how Mr Clifford brought home a very hungry and important business acquaintance for iuurli, but the new colored maid had removed the contents of tho pantry to her basket. However, an unwelcome suitor, hitherto frowned upon by the Cliffords, succeeds In winning their everlasting gratitude and their daughter by discovering the allimportant basket. ' Don't Monkey with a Buzz Saw' (comic) and "The Study of Flowers ' (scenic) were two good additional subjects. PLAZA PICTURES. 'The Isle of Abandoned Hope' i.s ;i fine, speciment of tinted kincmatography I and an interesting story to boot. This, together with the sensational drama ' Th' Doctors Mistake' arid other pictures of comical, dramatic, or topical nature, mak* up a most attractive programme. KING EDWARD THEATRE. The new continuous picture theaUv in South Dunedin was well patronised again yestcrdav afternoon and evening. Th" j big film, -The Geisha,' is full of interest, and the supports, whether drama or comedy, are all of a high standard. 'The theatre is open from 1.30 tn 10 p.m. QUEEN'S THEATRE. An interesting programme at the New j Queen's Theatre is attracting bin houses. I 'Tho Shattered Tree' is a" story which cannot fail to grip, while tho war film | depicting the retreat from Antwerp is so j .•.bsorbingly interesting that, it would be | a mistake to miss seeing it. Other pic- j tares air- well up to the mark. KING'S THEATRE. The scries of pictures at present being <-rreciy>d at the Dowling street theatre drew a goodly house last evening. The* war pictures were especially interesting, ono ot which shows the retreat from Antwerp. Tho comedy side of the programme is supported by a Keystone film, •'Hie Sky Pirate,' one of the funniest pictures that | has ever been thrown on the screen. The. ' same pictures will he .submitted this evening: 'HUMPTT DUMPTY' PANTOMIME. Those enterprising managers. Messrs George Stephenson and A If. Linley, are once more paying us a visit with an entirely new pantomime company, opening at His Majesty's Theatre next Tuesday for a live-nights' season only. It is said they intend this time to eclipse all their previous efforts, no expense haying been spared to make the production a memorable ono. A pantomime, to ho succesfui. must be made up of much that is novel, bright and tuneful music, songs that appeal and linger in the memory, comedians ■that can amuse without being vulgar. It must have its marches, ballet girls, picturesque dances, scenery that will please the eye, and specialty artists of various kind:;. All this is promised in the production of ' Humpty Dumpty.' Tho music and book of this, pantomime have beer, specially written by Mr Harry Taylor, and are claimed to be much above the average in pantomime production. The cast of characters will include Mr Con Moreni (who plays the Dame), he. having been specially imported from the principal English theatres. Effective .scenery from the Harry Whaite studio and entirely new wardrobe and effects will be s'hown. A matiueo will be given on Saturday, 19th inst., at 2 p.m., when specially reduced prices will bo charged for children. The box plan opens at the Dresden on Friday, at 9 a.m.

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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914