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SWANSEA AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY. "PATIENCE" AT THE GRAND THEATRE. A CHARMING OPERA SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED. The Swansea Amateur Operatic Society, after the performance of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's charming opera Patience, or Buntborne's Bride," at the Grand Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, almost belies its title. Last year a fine production of "Iolanthe" was given, but the society's claim to professionalism is well-nigh assured by this latest effort to augment the funds of the local charitable institutions. Splendid!" was the general verdict of a good "house" on Wednesday evening, as the curtain rang down upon Mr. Gilbert's delightful hit-off against the former craze for sestheticism, and it was done very finely indeed, taking all the circumstances into consideration The plot of "Patience" is not very deep, but the combination of Gilbertian wit and humour and Sullivan's fascinating music will always cause this charming opera to be among the host of captivating produc- tions that have emanated from this famous collaboration. Perhaps in Patience" more than in any other of his librettos one detects Mr. Gilbert's high appreciation of Robertson, the inventor of stage management. "I have been to many of his rehearsals" be has said and learned a great deal from them." Robertson showed how to give life, variety and nature to the scene by breaking it up with all sorts of little incidents and delicate by-play, and it is here wehre -1 Patience," so far as the book goes, is simply delightful. Watch, for instance, the twenty love-pick maidens, whose "tastes have been etberialised. our perceptions exalted as they crowd round Buntborne, who is in all the agonies of the composition of a poem. Finished! at last! Finished Bunthorne exclaims. He then staggers, overcome with the mental strain, into the arms of Col. Calverley. "Are you better now? the Colonel asks. "Yes," is the reply, "I am better now The poem is finished and my soul has gone out into it. It was nothing worth mentioning, it occurs three times a day." What could be better than this bit of by- play on the part of the sham aesthetic, and Mr. B. Percy Rees, of Llanplly, who filled the role of Bunthorne, acted it excellently. Indeed, but for just a tinge too much of the" theatrical," the Bunthorne of the piece was splendid throughout, but never better than in the first interview he has with Patience," in which both Mr. Rees and Miss Bertha Seaton, of Margam, were the central figures in a sweetly pretty bit of acting. Here is the charming dia- logue :— Patience I beg your pardon-I interrupt you- Bunthome: Life is made up of interrup- tions. The tortured soul, yearning for solitude, writhes under them. Oh, but my heart is a-weary. Oh, I am a cursed thing. Don't go. Patience Really, I'm very sorry. Bunthorne: Tell me, girl, do you ever yearn ? Patience (misunderstanding him) I earn my living. Bunthorne (impatiently): No, no! Do you know what it is to be heart hungry ? Do you know what it is to yearn for the Indefinable and yet be brought face to face, daily, with the Multiplication table ? Do you know what it is to seek oceans and to find puddles ? to long for whirldwinds and to have to do the best you can with the bellows ? That's my case. Oh, I am a cursed thing Patience: If you please. I don't understand you—you frighten me This last remark was said by Miss Seaton, who has a taking personality and a sweet soprano voice, with just that demureness that was quite natural. Or what can be more effective stage-craft 1 and yet true to life than the open- ing of Act I., where we find the group of maidens all attired in Liberty gowns of various tints, lying in a semi-circle profie upon the green sward in a delicious glade, while Grosvenor (Mr. John Roberts) recites to them. In our view, this was one of the prettiest bits of stage effect that has been seen for some time, and seemed as though a rainbow had alighted on the grass for a moment or two. Space forbids further detail on this point. Suffice it to say that on Wednesday evening Patience lost none of its charm, either in the way of acting or mounting. It is but attempting to paint the lily to praise Suih van's music, and here again the Company of Amateurs did splendidly with, of course, just an exception here and there. Madame Hannah Jones, who took the part of The Lady Jane," was quite at her best. Indeed, she can scarcely be classed as an amateur any longer for she displayed her histrionic gifts to a rare degree, while her contralto voice was beautifully rich, particu- larly in the duet with Bunthorne, "So go to him," which was three times recalled, and in the solo Silvered is the raven hair." She was enthusiastically recalled on several occasions. Miss Seaton we have referred to. She was probably heard at her best in the ballad, "Love is a plaintive song," for which she was encored. Patience," it was generally allowed, could not have been en- trusted in better hands. Mr. Percy Rees shone more as an actor than a singer, though he gave, with much effect, If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line." The Archibald Grosvenor of the piece, on the other hand, is the possessor of a really fine tenor which was especially fine in the old favovrite, "Prithee, pretty maiden,-prithee, tell me true," and "A magnet being in the hardware shop" (for which he was twice encored). Miss Cecile Donnet as The Lady Angela, Miss M- Trickey as The Lady Saphir, and Miss Gwen Howell as The Lady Ella, also acquitted themselves admirably, Miss Donnet in- troducing into a somewhat heavy part a graceful naturalness that was very becoming to the character. Messrs. W. Arthur Davies (Colonel Calverley), Arthur James (Major Murgatroyd), and S. J. Curnow (Lieut, the Duke of Dunstable), as the officers of the Dragoon Guards, played and [ sang with effect. Mr. W. Kelleher as Bnnthorne's Solicitor, had a very light part. The choruses throughout went splendidly, and they were rendered by Rapturous Maidens: Misses B. Nicholson, G. M. Owen, B. Donnelly, L. Seaborne, G. Donnelly, M. Norman, F. Kaufman, R. Siedle, Ethel Williams, M. P. Brown, L. Andrews, M. Hutton, V. Lewis, E. Ashton, M. Williams, and Mrs. D. W. Lott; Officers of Dragoon Guards: Messrs. L. J. Kempthorne, W. H. Protheroe, W. J. Evans, Dan Morgan, T. Edgar John, A. Andrews, C. L. Vanderpump, Gerald Rich- ards, W. H. Curtis, Chas. Williams, J. McSweeney, Cyril Roche, G. B. Bowen, S. E. Whyatt, Stephen W. Thomas, and T. H. Henderson. Mr. Donald W. Lott conducted the augmented band and full chorus, and the dances in the piece, which were very prettily done, were arranged by Miss Kate Gaydon. The hon. musical director was Mr. \V. F. Hulley; and the chairman of committee was Mr. E. A. Cleeves, hon. treasurer, Mr. C. C. Vivian; and joint hon. sees., Messrs. W. H. Protheroe and A. Andrews. Mr. E. H. Siedle was the stage manager, while the orchestra was composed of :-lst violins: Mr: G. Oliver (Principal), Mr. R. Hulley, Mr. W. Hoare; 2nd violins Mr. B. Jones, Mr. Pound; violas Mr. F. Tunbridge, Mr. R. Palmer; 'cello and basso: Mr. C. Hulley, Mr. A. Smith nutea Mr. G. Horn, Mr. J. Tunbridge; oboe: Mr. Finlan; clarinets: Mr. M. Goudm&n, Mr. J. Strawbridge: bassoon Mr. P. Draper born Mr. E. Pearce; cornets: Mr. Hawkes, Mr. Mansel; trombones: Mr. Hanney, Mr. Murley timpani: Mr. Hallett. The performance will be repeated t"ni6 (Friday) and to-morrow (Saturday), and we predict a brilliant dress circle and a crowded pit.

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