Queen Margaret College Bazaar, Dramatic Performance “Our Regiment”, Queen’s Rooms, November 1892

On the front page of The Glasgow Herald, on Monday the 7th of November 1892, there is an advertisement in the “Popular Entertainments” column for the Queen Margaret College Bazaar Dramatic Performance. Our Regiment was scheduled to take place at the Queen’s Rooms on the 8th, 9th and 10th of November. Admission on the 8th and 9th was four shillings. It was one shilling, to all “Parts of the Hall”, on the 10th.

There is a notice in Wednesday the 9th’s Herald, on page six:

 

“QUEEN MARGARET COLLEGE – DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE. – An amateur dramatic performance in aid of the fund of £10,000 required to complete the endowment of Queen Margaret College took place last night in the Queen’s Rooms. For the purpose of the entertainment a pretty little stage had been erected over the platform. The proscenium and drop-curtain especially formed a capital bit of scenic art, and the other appointments were in excellent taste and keeping. The play chosen for presentation was the favourite comedy ‘Our Regiment,’ and it received quite an acceptable interpretation. In the opening scenes, as is usual on such occasions, there were symptoms among the performers of slight nervous trepidation, but as the play proceeded they regained self-possession, and became gradually accustomed to their surroundings.”

 

The reviewer provides the names of the performers and their roles, and concludes:

 

“The audience was large, and they testified their appreciation of the performance by repeated and hearty applause. While the audience assembled and between the acts Herr Iff’s Band played choice selections of music. The entertainment will be repeated this evening, and again to-morrow night, and not only on account of the object for which it is given, but of its own merits, good audiences may be anticipated.”

 

Our Regiment is a three-act farcical play by Henry Hamilton (c. 1854-1918). It was a farce adaptation of the 1881 German play Krieg im Frieden by Gustav von Moser and Franz von Schönthau.