A hundred years ago November 14, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (November 14, 1919): Wellington Cinema.

The performance of the third Fantastics at the Wellington theatre last night was unique for Madras. Never was a Madras audience treated to such a combined display of music, dancing and costume.

Miss Dorie Napier North at the Piano, Miss Josie Westaway, the Melody Trio and Miss Gladys Baker gave the audience delightful songs which were greatly appreciated. Dorothy Nall in her portrayal of the characters of a London crowd was simply marvellous and we should like to see her again in the performance to-night. Miss Dorothy Nall also in her illustrations of the vagaries of human nature was most amusing and realistic.

Now turning to the dancing portion of the performance, to Indians well acquainted with the nautch and the wild dances of hill tribes, the dancing of these fantastics was a revelation. Miss Valerie Scott in a toe-dance and Miss Laurka in the cobra dance, using her arms to represent snakes, were fascinating and kept the house spell bound in their admiration for their poses, grace and art. Miss Valerie Scott in her national dance to the accompaniment of an Indian tune was capital. Kuryolo and Mile Laurka in the appropriate costumes, i.e., of the Poles during the period of 1830-1860 was most charming.

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