Dramatic Society notes from The 1961 School Magazine The Review
Last year was the first in which the Society was able to enjoy the facilities of a stage, scenery and proper lighting.
The transition proved a difficult one and a simple, one-act play was chosen for the year's production. This play
"Smugglers' Cove" was finally performed in the Second Term, forming part of an evening's entertainment provided for
parents and friends. The programme was completed with songs sung by Mr. Ballham and L. Hughes and some magic wrought
by Mr. G. H. Taylor.
The play concerned a visit by William Pitt (Jackson) and his Lord Chancellor, Thurlow, (M. Harrison) to a
smugglers' inn in the West Country. Pitt's intention was to secure first-hand knowledge of the contraband "trade".
He and his minister found themselves helping the smugglers to hide a cargo Of contraband goods and assisting
them to outwit the authorities, by using Pitt's rank. The play finished with Pitt telling the chief smuggler (Tranter) of
his intentions to reform the customs' laws, a fact which annoys the smuggler who objects to having his "living" thus
Jackson, Harrison and Tranter all performed excellently in the leading parts, Jackson showing great confidence and
'elan' in the role of the ebullient Prime Minister. Harrison, with a difficult character to portray, achieved his effects
mainly by voice and gesture and he and Tranter were "acting all the time". Platt did well as the lugubrious landlord
and minor parts were played well by Bosson (Preventive Officer) Billington (Lord Lieutenant and Howe (a smuggler).
Behind the scenes, Williams, Harrop and their team did a good job. Thanks are due to the members of the Staff who
performed all the technical jobs to do with lighting, scenery and make-up, stage direction and the thousand and one
other tasks associated with a production.