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The first performance of "Twelfth Night" in a season of Shakespearean matinees for In- termediate and Leaving Certifl
cate examination students was given yesterday at the Theatre Royal.
The play, produced by John Alden on behalf of Austral-American Pro- ductions, Ltd., In association with J. C. Williamson's Theatres, was satisfy ingiy played and mounted, and de-
served a larger house.
The students behaved better than those who attended last year's mati- nees, although the love scenes were greeted with hurrahs, whistles, and yells from the bovs in the gallery.
Acting honours were shared by Charles Tasman, with a well-sustain- ed performance as Mflvolto, Edwaid Finn as SU- Andrew Açuecheek. and Marion Johns as Marla. Desmond Rolfe as Sir Tobv Boich was not alwavs convincingly tipsv.
Jean McAlister, as Viola, started out a little vvcodcnlv. but soon warm ed to nor part and gave a restrained and convincing nerfoi manee. As Olivia. Sheila Sewell made a very charnnnK and suitablv impassioned countess. Vaughan Tiacev. as the Duke Orsino, might have been a more convincing lover. Robert Healey as Feste, the clown, was satisfactorj', if not Inspired.
The introduction into the play of an adagio dancer (Pamela Promley Smith) needlessly held up the action of the piece, which, otherwise be- cause of the efficient sta-je manage- ment of Gwen Oatley, moved along smoothly.
"Twelfth Night" will be repeated this afternoon (for girls only), and on Thursdav, Friday, Monday, and Tues- day, at 2 p.m.. to be followed by "The Tempest" on Julv 29. The season is under the patronage of the Minister for Education. Mr. Evatt.