Waverley Literary and Dramatic Association, March 1877: “Rob Roy”, at the Queen’s Rooms

A notice on page four of The Glasgow Herald, on Tuesday the 13th of March, 1877, reads:

 

“WAVERLEY LITERARY AND DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION. — A fault sometimes found with

amateur dramatic societies is that they choose pieces the representation of which requires the

possession of histrionic talent of an excellence superior to that which they in general can boast

of. This objection applies in the main to the Waverley as to some other of our local dramatic

clubs; but last night, when the members appeared in the Queen’s Rooms in the ever-popular

national drama of ‘Rob Roy,’ they acquitted themselves in a manner which went far to prove

that they are occasionally equal to the necessities of important occasions. The performance

was a more than creditable one; the support of the leading parts being such as would have

reflected credit on the artists who are intimately familiar with the boards. The orchestra,

however, have a deal to learn, and the vocal members of the company would be none the

worse of a little careful training ere next time they essay the music of ‘Rob Roy.'”