Review of Mime Parade. June 1937

Unknown newspaper
Approx 13th June 1937

Review Mime Parade

The performance was held at the Aldwych Theatre, in London on 13th June 1937, and was put on by the Institute of Mime.

The first item was part of the mime play L’Enfant Prodigue – which was the play that Irene was most well known for.  Other actors who received praise were Ruby Ginner, Joyce Ruscoe and Isabel Salt. A negative comment noted that there was a slight tendency to play to the audience.

This was followed by a mime called Radio Breakfast, which the reviewer found to be ‘a most amusing satire’ – though the climax was weak.

People That Walked in Darkness came next and was reviewed as a good idea, which was not well enough developed and resulted in a certain thinness.

The Idyll of Theocritus was a beautiful spectacle, while The Flood was amusing; however, it was a pity that all the animals were same colour!

Finally, there was a mime called Harlequin’s Child with a good Italian atmosphere for this Commedia Dell’Arte piece – even so, there were tedious moments when characterisation needed broadening. Harlequin was good though somewhat too modern, while Silvia was colourless – but looked very pretty!

Author: Janet Fizz Curtis

Janet Fizz Curtis is trained in the Irene Mawer Method of Mime and Movement and is now writing a book about the life of Irene Mawer.

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