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DRAMATIC PERFORM AN OES AT J BAJlliY DOCK. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings the Barry Dock" Amateur Theatrical Company have given performances at the Public-hall, Thompson street. The pieces chosen for performance were— Mr. Tom Taylor's drama, Helping Hands," in two acts, and the farce, Ohiselling." The perform- ances reflected great credit on the artistes, who are all local people, and when the fact is con- sidered that these were the first attempts this company have made to win stage laurels, any slight imperfections will be forgotten in the general, success of the efforts. The first scene represented to the audience was the exceedingly poor lodgings, occupied by Herr Von Lorentz Hartman and his daughtei, the principal characters in Helping Hands." The heroine, Margaret Hart- Hartman, is seated at the table, copying music, the only eouree of income there is for supplying necessaries to her blind father, a talented violinist, who through various misfortunes has lost the use of his hands, and is therefore unable to earn his livelihood by violin playing. The hard-hearted and much-tried landlady comes in with a writ for rent owing, and she tells Margaret that unless she pays at once their goods will be taken for the money owing. Dr. Merton comes in, as Margaret is lost in paroxysms of grief, to attend her father, and he telis her that if she does not winter in a, warmer clime she will fall a victim to consumption. The girl begs him not to add to her father's trouble by telling this to him. The doctor is so moved by Margaret's tender consideration that he proposes to the heroine, who, whilst favouring his suit declines to leave her father. Margaret goes out to sell her music, and when she returns she finds the brokers' in," and her father's fiddle sold. The curtain falls on the first scene as Hartman, in a frenzy of grief, refuses to be comforted for the loss of his violin. In the second part the curtain rises, disclosing the drawing-room of Lord Quaverly, a peer, who has a mania for collecting violins. His only child is ill, and he sends for Dr. Merton, who arrives on the scene, just after Margaret and her father, the latter of whom has been invited" by Lord Quaverly to judge of the value of several new violins he has purchased. The old man listens, and hears the sound of his own violin, a Strad, which Lord Quaverley had purchased unknowingly from the broker. Through the instrumentality of 'Tilda and Shockey. and the liberality of Dr. Merton, the violin is restored to its rightful owner, who im- mediately places his daughter's hand in that of Dr. Merton, and the curtain falls on a very happy group. Mrs. Marsh, as Margaret, the heroine, was first-class. She played her part very ablv as the tender daughter, whilst Mr. Phillips, as Herr Von Lorentz Hartman was, undoubtedly, the best in- terpreted character of the drama. 'Tilda (Miss E. Bilson), as the kind-hearted "slavey" and Shockey (Mr. Owen) provided the comic side of the picture, and their flirtations caused considerable amusement of the audiences. The cast of the piece was as follows :— Lord Quaverly Mr. Penn The Hon. Calverly Hautboi Mr. B. Bilson Herr Von Lorentz Hartman Mr. Phillips Dr. Merton Mr. C. Marsh Isaac Wolffe Mr. J. Dodd Lazarus Solomons Mr. T. Arnold Shockey (alias Rufus, alias Vinkin) Mr. Owen Margaret Mrs. Marsh Tilda Miss E. Bilson Mrs. Booty. Miss M. Herbert The dramatic piece was followed by the farce, which was a most amusing one, and the characters in it were taken as follows :— Larkspur (a sculptor Mr. J. Dodd Trotter (his man servant) Mr. R. Jackson Dr. Stonecrop Mr. Owen Mrs. Piper (a landlady) Miss Bilson Kate (Stonecrop's niece) Mrs. Marsh Music was supplied by Mr. W. Llewellyn (piano), and Mr. R. Ford violin). Mr. Jackson acted-as manager. The proceeds will be devoted to local charities.

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