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Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 8. Monday, July 1, 1963

Hamilton Wants Revue

Hamilton Wants Revue

As to script and type of show, I prefer a revue as distinct from a plotted mid-Victorian melodrama dealing with politics, personalities, etc. The 'live' theatre has just started over the last five years to make a remarkable comeback—largely due overseas, and possibly here, to the influence of TV versus Cinema. The pattern in this country has been success in the live comedy, the avant garde plays, the musical and the revue. The nearest for Extravaganza's purposes is a revue. Thus, I favour it on grounds of box office success and the fact that a script can be written well in advance with punch lines easily inserted at the late rehearsal stage. Again, a revue-type show is essentially one of quick change, of slickness rather than stolidity. Satire can be used to just as great an effect in a short scene as it can in a lengthy dialogue and some well defined and well-worn character."