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THE ROYAL STANDARD THEATRE.-" THE

WRECK OF THE DUNBAR.»

At the Royal Standard Theatre on Saturday night, Mr. Dampier's company produced for tho first time a four-act drama culled " The Wreck of the Dunbar." The ineidonts of the drama depend upon the issuo of a set of circum- stances which aro concentrated in the wrecking of the vessel, and which, together with the wreck itself, aro des- cribed in a short prologue. Tho prologue introduces Joo Trueheart, a young pilot, Ino hero of tho drama, repre- sented by Mr. Dampier, and somo saltwotor mates, Bill James (Mr. H. Stoneham) and Davo James (Mr. A. Tasman) camped in a rocky lookout on South Head. Thora is also a character called Honey Gordon (Mr. J. Stark), a *' colourable imitation" of a well known Sydney identity. The heroine Rettie Porker (Miss. Lily Dampier), also makes her appearance. Tho dialogue and action dis closo the unfortunate situation that Joo lovos Hettie, a f»endless orphan, whom he has kept and guarded since in- fancy, while she has alrondy formed a mutual attachment with one Ralph Johnson (Mr. A. Boothinan"), a young sailor, who has also bocu fathered hy Joo Trueheart, and who is at that momoot on board the Dunbar on tho woy to Sydney. Joe asks Hettie to be his wife, and she, from a foeling of gratitude, consents. The Dunbar strikes on the rocks. Hettio's attachment to Ral]jh is made known to Joe by a portrait which Hottio had in hor keeping. One man is thrown nshoro from the wreck ; it is Ralph Johnson ; and Joe, otter a bitter struggle between love and duty, decides against his own emotion, by going down tho rocks and saving'the life of Johnson. "Tho wreck, by tho way, takes place out of sight. The drama then takes up the story. Hettie tolls Ralph of her pledge to Joe. They each recount all that Joo lind done for thom, and they agree to soeritiee themselves for his happiness as ho had sacrificed himself for theirs. Accord- ingly Ralph reuounces Hottio, and gives her over to Joe, to whom sho is married forthwith. A year elapsos; Ralph has g ono to New Zealand,- Joe has lost his situation through having become responsible for a bill at tho solicita- tion ot his porents, and hid cottogoonthe Old South Head rood has been cleared out by the bailiffs, the only assets left being- a baby and a cradle. During tho absence of the young couple, Ralph returns, and learning how matters stand, collects his mates, buys in the furniture at the auction, and restores the ¡.talus quo ante asa pleasant surprise for Joo and Hettie, whereupon everybody becomes greatly delighted, ,and joins in a very jolly Sir Roger de Coverloy. But Hettie finds tho prosenco of Ralph dangerous, and amid, exchanges of mutual love, she tolls him ho must go. Meanwhile. Joo has shippod in a' whaler, and goes off suddenly, leaving Hottio in' the charge of Ralph. These scenes take placo near the jetty at Watson's Bay. Fivo years later Ralph and Huttie_ enter an old church in Goorge-street to be married. It hos been reported that Joo was dead, and a memorial-stono inces the church door. Hettie. nevertheless, yields with roluotanca to Ralph's representations. Thöy havo just entored tho church, when Joo Comes through the gateway and learns the truth from his little daughter who stays outside the church hesido his son owing old father. Tho old man (Mr. E. Holloway) recognises Joe as the nowly married pair como out of vthe church, and thon follows a powerful scene in which Joe deolaims against the ingratitudô and decoit of Ralph and Hettie, and eui ses both false friend and faith- less wife. Once moro ul tho Watson's Bay jetty, Joe is about to leave the place for ever, but 'is induced to listen to Hettie, who tolls bim everything (hut had passed between her aud Ralph in relation to himself and now sho had boon true to hor duty as a wife. Joo sees that his happinpss had been obtained by tho sacrifico of tho love of two others to their sense of duty to him, and ho roinovos himself from their woy hy a draught of poison. The plot is hroodly sketched, with a free admixturo of pathotio and ridiculous situations. The under-plot deals with the uiuoura of Mrs. Rowdon (Miss M. Walton), the widow landlady of the Currency Lass, and Charles (Mr. H. Loston), an amusing now chum serving as waiter at the hotel. Mr. Dampior's best effort was in tho paintul churehyaid sceno. In all his other passages ho played with his usual care. Tho ' part of Tlettio was one thnt gained a certain sympothetio interest from Miss' Dampier's voico and physiquo. Miss Dampier had her chief success in hor tearful interview with Joo in the last scone, although thero v>cro other moro stirring episodes in which sho acted with effect. It may bo sug- gested that in futuro performances the orchestral accompaniment to Miss Dampier's important lines in tho lost Bccno should bo played moro softly. Mr. Booth man made a fair reprosoutativo of Ralph Johnson. Old Joo Trueheart was cü'ectivoly played by Mr. Holloway, who made home good points in the churchyard sceno. Mrs. Trueheart, sen., a woman with a frightful temper and tongue to match, was represented with success hy Mi

Julia Merton. Miss Annie Marsh was an unfortunate ser- vant girl, who hud much to do to live through the violent treatment of Mrs. Trueheart. The part of little Daisy Trueheart waa taken by an intelligent iittlo girl, billed as Miss Fhoobo Lev}'. Mr. E.. Baker, Mr. J. Coisar, Mr. Rosier, and Mr. Stephen- son wero allotted minor pnrts. There was a good house, the floor being crowded, whilo tho circlo was well patroniped. During the intervals, and sometimes during tho perform- ance, thero wore disturbances on tho floor in ono locality, where a particularly riotous spirit seomed tobo in possession. These Iittlo incidents wero not, howovor, allowed to becomo serious, and, in fuct, appeared to afford almost as much entertainment as the performance itself. " The Wreck of I the Dunbar " will be repeated during the weok.

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