Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1904 - 1905
Minutes 1904 - 1905
1st JANUARY 1904
Irish National Theatre Society
First General Meeting – 34 Lr Camden St.
Friday 1st January 1904.
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by Miss Walker
that the following be admitted for membership
(in addition to the seven signatories to the rules
by W. G. Fay, P. J. Kelly, F. Ryan, Miss Laird,
Miss Walker, J. Starkey, F. J. Fay)
T. Koeheller F. Walker H. Norman J. M. Synge P. Colum Miss Allgood G. Roberts
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by J. Starkey
to elect W. B. Yeats president of the society
Proposed by P. J. Kelly seconded by F. Walker
to elect G. Russell & Douglas Hyde vice presidents
Proposed by G. Russell seconded by Miss Walker
to elect the following members of managing committee
W. G. Fay P. J. Kelly Miss Laird G. Roberts
F. J. Fay F. Ryan Miss Walker
Proposed by F. J. Fay, seconded by F. Walker
to appoint T. Koeheller and H. Norman as trustees
Proposed by J. Starkey seconded by G. Roberts
to elect the following as members of the reading
committee. W. B. Yeats J. M. Synge F. J. Fay G. Russell P. Colum W. G. Fay
Proposed by G. Russell seconded by W. G. Fay
to elect F. Ryan as treasurer
Proposed by G. Russell seconded by Miss Walker
to appoint W. G. Fay as stage manager
Proposed by J. Starkey seconded by G. Russell
to appoint G. Roberts as secretary
Saturday 12th March 1904 General Meeting.
Present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Starkey, F. Walker
Kelly, Wright, Roberts, Miss Walker, Miss Allgood
Proposed by G. Roberts
seconded by F. Walker to elect J. Starkey to committee
Proposed by G. Fay seconded by P. Colum
to elect U. Wright and Miss Garvey members of the
“The Miracle of the Corn” submitted by P. Colum
Play by W. K. Tarpey “Segrid” previously
recommended by reading committee read to company
for acceptance – passed.
Proposed by W. G. Fay to travel girls and men [reports]
to London - Passed unanimously
April Programme Proposed by W. G. Fay Bailes Strand and Seconded by F. Walker Laying the Foundations
General Meeting Saturday 2nd March April 1904
Present W. G. Fay. F. J. Fay. Kelly. Starkey.
Colum. F. Walker. Wright. Miss Walker. Miss Garvey
“The Rising of the Moon” read For the play 6 Against 3
Suggestions to play for [Celtic arms] in Cardiff
Colum protested against playing in English.
Mr. Russell proposed to reconsider the
decision of the society re. The Rising of
the Moon” at the next general meeting.
General Meeting – Wednesday 6th April
Present G. Russell, Ryan, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay.
P.J. Kelly, Colum, F. Walker, Miss Walker
Miss Garvey, Miss Allgood, U. Wright,
Mr. Russell voted to the chair
seconded by G. Roberts.
Charge of breaking the rules lodged by
W. G. Fay against P. J. Kelly
The rule of the society re. 14 days
notice being waived as Kelly was going to
Proposed by W. G. Fay that Kelly be expelled
from the society as he had taken part in
another performance without permission of committee
seconded F. J. Fay
amendment proposed by Koeheller against this
For the amendment 2 against 10
For the first resolution 10 against 2
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by P. Colum
that the member pledges himself to hold to
the rules of the society for one year
amendment proposed by F. J. Fay
seconded by F. Walker that the member signs
the following: “I promise to abide by the rules of
the society if in Dublin for the next year and to remain
a member of the society if in Dublin for the
Proposed by Mr. Russell that “The Rising of
the Moon be xxxxxxx reconsidered the
members who opposed it having withdrawn
their objection the play was passed.
Proposed by G. Roberts to elect a member of
of committee in place of Kelly. Seconded by F. J. Fay.
Miss Walker (?) proposed for committee by Miss Garvey
seconded by F. Ryan
Miss Garvey also elected to the committee for
time being in place of Miss Laird
Wednesday 20th April 1904
Present Starkey, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, G. Roberts, F. Ryan
Proposed by J. Starkey seconded by W. G. Fay.
“That a bank account in the name of the society
be opened in the Hibernian Bank in College Green.
That all cheques in same be signed by two members
of the committee and countersigned by the
secretary in accordance with rule V sec [P] and
that all cheques for lodgement be endorsed by secretary
and that the secretary be instructed to take the
necessary steps to give effect to this resolution.”
Wednesday 27th April 1904
General meeting – present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay
Starkey, Miss Walker, U. Wright, Colum, F. Walker
Roberts, Miss Garvey.
Decided to hold no rehearsal till 11th May.
Belfast society to be written re. title of
their society and requested to change same in
order to avoid confusion.
Friday 6th May – 1904 – Reading Committee
Present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Colum, Synge.
The following plays were rejected:
“Silken Thomas” “The Agents Power”
“The Miracle of the Corn” accepted subject
The Building Fund – a number of alterations
suggested and the author to be written to
regarding this by Mr. Synge.
Saturday 28th May 19054
Annual General Meeting
Present G. Russell, J. M. Synge, P. Colum,
J. Starkey, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, U. Wright.
Miss Walker, F. Walker, T. Koeheller, Roberts.
Miss Garvey, Norman, Ryan.
Proposed to accept balance shut for 19043
by W. G. Fay seconded by J. M. Synge.
Proposed to re-elect president by W. G. Fay. seconded Colum. [passed unanimously]
Proposed to re-elect Mr. Russell and Lady Gregory D. Hyde
as vice-presidents and in in addition
Lady Gregory and Stephen Gwynn. Proposed by W. G. Fay
seconded by G. Roberts
Proposed that the present committee be
re-elected – by F. J. Fay, W. G. Fay, Ryan, Miss Walker
Starkey, Miss Garvey, Roberts.
Miss Garvey (formerly co-opted pro tem) to be elected
as a permanent member of committee in place of Miss Laird.
Proposed by T. Koeheller, seconded by U. Wright
Proposed by T. Koeheller that the reading
committee be re-elected
seconded by G. Roberts.
Proposed by F. J. Fay that he withdraw
from the reading committee as the
amendment was not seconded the original
motion was put and carried unanimously.
Proposed by W. G. Fay that Koeheller and
Norman be appointed auditors.
Seconded by Colum.
Amendment proposed by F. J. Fay
that a public auditor be appointed.
Seconded by G. Roberts.
for amendment 2
Proposal for Koeheller and Norman carried
For the original motion 12
Proposed by W. G. Fay that Ryan be
reappointed treasurer seconded by G. Roberts
Proposed by J. M. Synge to accept The Miracle
of the Corn taken as read seconded by Norman.
Friday 17th June 19054
Reading Committee – present Mr. Russell, W. G. Fay
and F. J. Fay “The Well of the Saints” passed unanimously
General meeting. Present in addition to above. Starkey,
Wright, F. Walker, Miss Esposito, Miss Walker.
(Yeats – by proxy for W. G. Fay)
“The Well of the Saints” read to company and passed unanimously
Wednesday 6th July 19054
General meeting – present W. B. Yeats, W. G. Fay,
F. J. Fay Miss Walker, F. Walker, Miss Allgood, J. M. Synge
Starkey, Wright, Roberts.
Proposed by Mr. Yeats to write to papers re. American
performance but after discussion decision to take
no action for the present.
“Kincora” read to company but no vote taken.
Wednesday 10th AugustJuly 19054
General Meeting. W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Koeheller,
Norman, Starkey, Miss Esposito, Miss Walker
Miss Allgood F. Walker, Wright and Roberts.
Proposed Discussed if we should open in Molesworth
Hall or wait till Theatre was ready end of November
unanimously decided to wait till theatre be ready
Proposed by W. G. Fay to open with Kincora and
Hydes “Poor House” in Irish
“The Building Fund” read to company.
For the play 10
Monday 5th Sept. 19054
Reading committee. Present Colum, Synge
Russell, W. G. Fay and F. J. Fay.
Rejected – the Queen of Allen Hill and
The Lost Leader.
Proposed by G. Russell seconded by Synge
that Kincora be accepted.
General meeting – W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Synge, Russell
Colum, Starkey, Wright, Walker, Miss Walker, Roberts.
Proposed by G. Russell that the play be
accepted seconded by W. G. Fay.
Wednesday 14th Sept. Reading committee
Present Russell, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay
The [Cxxxw] Road – not suitable xxx but further
alterations proposed and if made the play to be recommended,
to be sent to the absent members of the committee.
29th Oct. General Meeting. Nassau Hotel
Present. Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Colum
W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Starkey, Koeheller, Miss Walker
Miss Garvey, Miss Laird, F. Walker, U.Wright, Roberts
The opening program has been discussed it was
decided to open with Baile Strand Monday and Saturday and 1 day in middle of week Kathleen ni Houlihan Spreading the News
Shadow of the Glen to be played alternate nights with Kathleen.
Proposed by Lady Gregory that £30 salary should be to
W. G. Fay for one year and to [notice] a first change in
the society's profits, balance of his salary to be made up to £75 by W. B. Yeats
and Lady Gregory seconded by Roberts passed unanimously.
Proposed that ½ expenses of scenery be paid by Miss Horniman and ½
by society – accepted unanimously
London visit discussed – decided to go to London in
the spring or autumn
Tuesday 22nd November 1904
Present. W. B. Yeats, F. Ryan, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay,
Miss Garvey, Miss Walker, Starkey, Roberts.
Proposed by W. G. Fay to open week after Christmas –
if possible on Tuesday 27th Dec. till Saturday and possibly Mond. and Tuesd
Proposed by W. G. Fay to give a charity performance
to unemployed, on question of rules being
[broken] it was decided to obtain legal advice
as to the legality of holding such a performance.
Proposed by W. G. Fay to appoint the staff of theatre
as follows:- 2 men on stage 1 on door. 2 " pit. 1 girl for stalls. 1 " balcony. 1 " pay box. 1 " cloakroom.
Koeheller and Ryan to look after front of house.
Cleaning to be paid ½ by society and ½ by Miss Horniman.
Light and gas and fire to be paid for by society less
Proposed by W. G. Fay that £15 be spent on paper (?) advertising
and £10 for [(xxx)] performances.
Presidents Vice presidents not to be printed on society
stationary or programmes.
The secretary to attend to advertising and printing
The committee to meet once every month - to
be summoned a week beforehand – agenda to be
Sunday 11th Dec.
Committee Meeting - Present W. B. Yeats, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay
Miss Garvey, Miss Walker, Roberts.
Proposed by W. B. Yeats to give a performance for Lane?
Claedna-Soulis [(?)] and U,?. to be written or [(?)]
in re unauthorised production of plays of which it possesses
copyright. [Sr.] compelled to prevent illegal use of its property.
Proposed to put (addresses?) in programmes and to give copies
free to audiences. Proposed by W. G. Fay that Roberts (looks?)
for advertisements and receive the usual chargeable
Koeheller and Ryan to be written to to act as stewards.
Proposed to buy copying press and to allow 7/6 to Roberts for stamps
Tuesday 22nd Jan
Committee – W. B. Yeats, F. Ryan, W. G. Fay, Miss Garvey
Miss Walker, J. Starkey, Roberts
Tuesday 22nd Nov (continued)?
London visit – objected to by F. J. Fay who proposed
not to go to London for two or three years.
Accounts to be opened in shops in society name.
Rules to be drafted for use in theatre G. Fay and Roberts
and the committee to see that their bye-laws are carried out.
[St. Kevin's] Bank to be asked to pay for seats.
Free tickets for opening to be offered to presidents Belfast
and Cork societies.
Associates of last year to receive free tickets
for opening performances.
29th Oct. General Meeting. Nassau Hotel. Present Lady Gregory.
London visit has been discussed it was decided to go to
London in the spring or autumn.
Proposed to pay FW. JG. Fay £30 out of the funds
of the society; the balance of his salary to be made up to £75
by W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory
NIL Del. entry on 3 pages back
Annual General Meeting May 1905.
Present W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Miss Garvey
Miss Laird, W. G. Fay, Miss Walker, Synge, F. Walker
F. J. Fay, Colum, Miss Allgood, U. Wright, Koeheller.
Proposed by F. J. Fay.
“That the thanks of the society be conveyed to
Miss Spence and Miss Barry for selling the
books at the theatre, in London and at
the opening performances. Seconded by J. M. Synge.
Proposed by W. G. Fay their [(?)] copies be sent
at societys expense.
Statement of accounts submitted by treasurer
Proposed by F. J. Fay seconded by Colum
that the statement be accepted and passed.
Proposed by W. G. Fay that the president
and vice presidents be re elected.
Seconded by G. Roberts.
Decided that a special general meeting
be held after Colum play.
Proposed by (?) Roberts seconded by F. J. Fay
that the reading committee be re elected.
Proposed by U. Wright seconded by F. Walker
that the business committee be re-elected.
Mr. Yeats proposed that the committee have
power to co-opt a member should a
vacancy arise during year.
Proposed by Ryan seconded by Starkey that
Koeheller attend at the theatre (?)
one evening each week to check the books.
Proposed by W. G. Fay that the secretary
and Koeheller be given permission to employ
a paid book-keeper
seconded by F. Walker
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by F. Walker
that Koeheller and Norman be appointed auditors.
Proposed by G. Roberts and seconded by
Proposed by F. J. Fay that The Land be accepted
Special General Meeting June 1905
Present: W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, W. G. Fay
F. J. Fay, P. Colum, J. S. Starkey, F.
Walker, F. Ryan, G. Roberts, Misses
Walker, Garvey, Allgood, and Laird, Geo
Russell, T. Koehler.
Statement (draft) of accounts showing balance of about £100 submitted
Proposed: that this meeting considers it desirable
that the committee of management should
exercise its power to pay certain members
should funds be forthcoming:
Proposed by Geo: Russell to amend Rule 5,
section (d) by the last sentence of same to
read “to remunerate any official, or actor of
the Society for his (or her) work”, and by
adding “any officer of the Society, or actor
who is paid for his (or her) services shall
enter into an agreement with the Society
for the due fulfilments of his engagements”
Seconded by P. Colum
Proposed by Geo: Roberts to amend Rule 6
Section (b) that the by substituting
the following Rule for the present one:
“The Reading Committee shall be seven
in number, they shall consider all plays
proposed for performance by the Society
A member of the reading committee shall not
be entitled to vote if a play of his own should
be submitted for their consideration and
And their decision as to the rejection of a play
shall be final. When a play is accepted three days
notice of the first reading to the actors selected to
shall take part in the performance shall be given
by the members and if a three quarters majority
of the members present, exclusive of members of
the reading committee object to the play: a
General meeting shall be summoned to
consider the matter. The decision of
the general meeting shall be final.
Seconded by W. G. Fay Passed unanimously.
Proposed by Geo: Russell
Proposed by G. Russell to amend Rule VI
section (d) by adding the following as sec. E.
“that the order of the production of plays during going the
session shall be decided upon by the
seconded by G. Roberts for the motion 10 against 3 no vote 1
Proposed by G. Russell to amend Rule 111 sec.a
“The membership of the society shall be
limited to twenty-five
Amendment proposed by P. Colum
that the membership be limited to twenty
Seconded by G. Roberts. For the amendment 8 against 6
For the original resolution 6 against 7
After some discussion the original motion being
again put to the meeting the voting was as follows. for the motion 11 against 4
The original motion bringing the membership to
Proposed by G. Russell seconded by F. J. Fay
to amend rule 111 sec. d. by substituting the following rule
for the present one:-
"The society shall have committee members, who shall
be admitted by an annual vote by the members of
the society, but shall have no vote in the selection
of plays, or in the management of the society.
They shall be entitled to free admission to such
performances as may be specified by the committee.
Proposed by Starkey seconded by F. Ryan
"That the exclusive right to have books offered for
sale at the performances to be given by the
society be vested in George Roberts, in consideration
of services rendered. That the right be not
given to another to participate in or withdrawn
but Roberts to have liberty to assign all or
part of this right to a publishing firm with
which he may be connected. And that
documentary evidence be given him that he possesses
Roberts to undertake not to sell any books
other than such as comes under the following
(except by special permission of the committee)
The volumes in the Abbey Theatre Series Plays performed by the society but not included in the series Samhain or any other publication directly connected with the work of the society For the motion 14 Against 1
Proposed that a committee be formed to draw up an
agreement to be signed by officers or actors
who receive remuneration. And that the committee
be Mr. Yeats, Mr. Russell, W. G. Fay, Roberts.
Proposed by W. G. Fay that Miss Esposito be
proposed for membership at the next general meeting.
Seconded by Starkey.
Proposed by Mr. Russell
that on the acceptance of a play by the society
The committee be instructed to have a stamped
agreement with the author regarding society's rights
Seconded by Colum passed unanimously.
Proposed by Mr. Yeats that Kathleen ni Houlihan
the Gaelic League be given permission to stage
an Irish version of Kathleen ni Houlihan
on condition that W. G. Fay is present at the
last rehearsal and that "By permission of the
Irish National Theatre Society" be put on all
W. B. Yeats
Saturday 7th Jan. 1905
Committee meeting. Present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay
Starkey, Miss Walker, Roberts.
Account for opening performance passed for payment.
£2 to be given to F. Walker for work done in
connection with opening performance.
Synges play to be performed 4th Feb. to Saturday 11th
Pot of broth to be played with "The Well of the Saints".
Friday 13th January 1905.
Committee. Present F. Ryan, W. G. Fay
F. J. Fay, Starkey, Miss Walker, Roberts.
Proposed by W. G. Fay to remunerate 5 of the ladies
who took part in opening performance. [Sy.] Miss Walker
Miss Garvey, Miss Esposito, Miss Allgood and Miss Annesley
Passed unanimously (£1-1-0 each)
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by G. Roberts to pay £2 to
Tuesday 14th Feb 1905.
Committee - Present W. G. Fay, Miss Garvey, Starkey
Proposed by W. G. Fay that a/cs for last performance
be passed for payment.
Proposed by G. Roberts seconded by Starkey to
pay £1-1-0 to F. Walker.
(on Friday 17th) Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by Roberts
to pay £1-1-0 each to Miss Walker, Miss Garvey,
Thursday 30th March.
Committee - present W. B. Yeats, F. J. Fay
W. G. Fay, G. Roberts.
Proposed for special performances of the
following (draft) programmes.
The Hour Glass
Spreading the News or A Pot of Broth
and Riders to the Sea or A Pot of Broth.
Easter programme arranged.
Kincora - Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Kings Threshold Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Boyle
A notice to be placed on door in [belfry]
"This door is not to be opened until the
end of performance, except in case of
Tuesday 4th April
Committee F. Ryan, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay,
Starkey, Roberts, Miss Walker, Miss Garvey
Treasurer's report passed by committee.
Walker to be paid 1-0-0. Miss Walker 1-0-0
Miss Garvey 1-0-0
Miss Allgood 1-0-0 Passed unanimously.
A letter to be written to Literary Society to say
we cannot accept their invitation to London
Friday 12th May 1905
Committee W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Miss Walker
Miss Garvey, Starkey, Roberts.
W. G. Fay proposed same sum as usual to Ladies
and F. Walker seconded G. Roberts and passed.
Letter from Mr. Russell regarding proposed
performances of Deirdre in London
[Reader] to write to Mr. Russell requesting that the
rights be left with society and then that for London
performances the play be lent for a certain
number of nights.
Proposed by W. G. Fay to pay £2 to [MacDonnagh]
for services in front of house, seconded
by G. Roberts and passed.
Friday 30th June 1905.
Committee present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, J. Starkey
Miss Walker, Miss Garvey, G. Roberts, F. Ryan.
An agreement signed by those present (except F. J. Fay)
giving right for sale of Broth to G. Roberts in accordance
with motion passed at the General Meeting.
Proposed by G. Roberts seconded by W. G. Fay,
to pay Miss Walker, Miss Garvey, Miss Allgood
and F. Walker £1- each for last performance.
A/Cs for last performance passed.
Estimated profits £24-0-0
Proposed by F. J. Fay seconded by W. G. Fay
that Miss Horniman's offer of a guarantee
For the motion 2.
Proposed by Miss Garvey that Miss Horniman's offer
be deferred till next session.
Seconded by G. Roberts
For the motion 5.
W. G. Fay gave notice to the committee that he will
not settle any terms of national engagements
in the future.
Letter from Mr. Lane re Lady Drogheda's
proposed performance at Monasterevin
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by
J. Starkey to be referred to General Meeting.
[Fournier's] proposal to play in Galway during Feis
being considered, decided to find out
what chances of Dublin at that time and also
best time this could be arranged with Fournier.
Proposed by Starkey seconded by Miss Garvey
that resolution deferring Miss Horniman's offer
be rescinded and that a letter be written
to Miss Horniman accepting her offer but
hoping the society would be able to [take from]
profit next session [to] pay actors without
having to draw on her guarantee.
For the motion 7.
Committee 31st August
Present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Miss Garvey,
Miss Walker, Starkey, Roberts.
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by Starkey
that the secretary be instructed to obtain
a minute book, agenda book, and carbon
Proposed that all fees of society be paid
up to date. Passed.
Proposed the resolution deferring Lady
Drogheda's proposal to a General Meeting
be rescinded as Lady Drogheda has
written for a definite answer.
Proposed that Lady Drogheda's invitation be
not accepted and a letter written
explaining that some important members of
the cast could not obtain leave of
Galway performance. Frank Fay has
given notice to the committee that he could
not obtain leave for the date and the staff
manager objects to bringing play to Galway
[altogether therefore] with F. J. Fay not part
Proposal was rejected.
London Visit F. J. Fay notifies that he
could not count on being away in November.
J. Starkey proposed to call a general meeting
to decide the matter. Seconded by Miss Walker
to be held as soon after the 21st August as might
suit Lady Gregory and Mr. Yeats.
Proposed by G. Roberts seconded by F. J. Fay
that the Horniman suggestion re. [benefactors]
in books entitles the purchaser to seats at
a reduced rate be adopted.
27th August - General Meeting - Nassau Hotel
Present Lady Gregory, Mr. Yeats, Mr. Russell, Miss Walker (+), Miss Laird (+)
Miss Garvey, Miss Allgood, Mr. Norman, W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Colum,
Starkey, Ryan, Wright, and Roberts, Koeheller (+), F. Walker (+)
(+) arrived late.
Proposed by Mr. Russell seconded by Lady Gregory "that this committee be instructed
to pay W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, Miss Allgood, Miss Walker
and Frank Walker for their exclusive services. For the motion 10 Against Nil Did not vote 4
Proposed by Mr. Yeats seconded by Mr. Russell
that the stage manager be instructed to at once
to interview Messrs. F. Fay and F. Walker, Miss Walker and Miss Allgood
and obtain their decision with regard to giving their
exclusive services to the society and if they agree
to accept the conditions, he should be instructed to
arrange date for visit of the society to
London and Oxford as soon as possible after the
first week in November.
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by Starkey to
elect Miss Esposito as member of the society.
No associates were elected at this meeting pending their election
deferred for reconstruction of society.
Proposed by W. G. Fay that the opening programme of
the season be:
The Land and The Building Fund. For the motion 7 Against 3
Several members not voting the motion was considered
Proposed by W. G. Fay seconded by Starkey that
the usual 3 days notice for summoning the society
committee be waived and that a meeting of the
reading committee be held now.
Reading Committee. Mr. Yeats, Mr. Colum, Mr. W. G. Fay
and F. J. Fay "The White Cockade" taken as being read.
The reading to the cast to take place on
"The White Cockade" read to cast
in the Abbey Theatre.
W. B. Yeats
Present W. G. Fay, Roberts, F. J. Fay.
Decided to open show on 2nd Oct.
General Meeting Sept. 22nd Abbey Theatre.
Present W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, G. Russell.
F. Ryan, W. G. Fay, Miss Garvey, Miss Laird
F. J. Fay, Miss Esposito, Miss Allgood, U. Wright
Starkey, F. Walker, Koeheller, Roberts.
Proposed by Mr. Russell.
That a company be formed under the
title of the Irish National Theatre Limited to
take over the assets, liabilities and work of the
Irish National Theatre Society, that the society
employ an accountant to examine the books
and make a statement and valuation of the
property, and that the members of the
society be allotted fully paid up shares in
the new company giving to each shares
proportionate in value to their interests in
the assets of the society.
Seconded by J. M. Synge
For the motion 14 Against 1
Add to resolution
That Messrs. Yeats, Synge and Ryan be appointed
to carry the resolution into effect and to
arrange for the drawing up of the
Articles of Association of the new company
and to effect registration.
Proposed by G. Russell
Seconded by W. G. Fay.
For the motion 12.
That Miss Horniman be empowered to arrange
dates for the London performances in
consultation with stage manager.
W. B. Yeats
General Meeting - Monday 9th Nov. 1905
Present W. G. Fay, Lady Gregory, F. J. Fay
U. Wright, Koeheller, Miss Esposito, Miss Allgood
J. M. Synge, P. Colum, J. Starkey, F. Walker
Miss Walker, Miss Garvey, Mr. Russell, Mr. Yeats
Roberts, Ryan, Koeheller, Miss Laird.
Mr. Yeats is the chair.
The chairman stated that the meeting was called to
consider Article and Memorandum of Association
of a proposed limited company, to carry on the
work of the society, but for financial reasons
arrangements had been changed and an
Industrial Society with limited liability
is now proposed to be formed instead.
The chairman stated the reason for limiting the
liability was mainly the increase in the society [(xxx)]
and responsibility and further stated that
the present society could not be transformed
but must remain in existence in name
to keep the working of the patent unchanged.
He also stated that the agreement made by the
[present] society with G. Roberts regarding the sale
of books would be carried out by the proposed
At the request of the chairman Mr. Russell
proceeded to read the rules of
proposed new society.
Mr. Russell proposed:
That the society agrees to transfer all its
properties assets and liabilities to the Irish
Theatre Society in consideration of the
members of the Irish National Theatre Society
being allotted in equal proportion, fully paid up
shares in the Irish Theatre Society. The
amount of fully paid up shares to be
allotted to members of the Irish National
Theatre Society shall be equal in value
to the assets as ascertained and valued by the
Mr. Koehler proposed the amendment
that Mr. Russell's amendment be adopted provided that
rule 45 be altered so as to read:
"All questions shall be decided by
by a majority of votes, and each individual
member shall have one vote only
irrespective of his shareholding."
Mr. Synge proposed amendment:-
that the Russell amendment be accepted provided
the following alterations are made
To delete rule about reading committee
Add to rule 42 to omit the word
reading committee In rule 45 to omit the sentence "in the
election of reading committee no member
shall have more than one vote."
Roberts proposed amendment.
That Mr. Russell's resolution be accepted
provided that for the alteration of rules (which
must be proposed by one of the directors), appointment of
additional directors, expulsion of members
that each member have one vote only irrespective
of his share holding.
After considerable discussion
Mr. Koehler's amendment was put
For the amendment 4
Mr. Synge's amendment was put
For the motion 9
Mr. Russell's resolution with Mr. Synge's
and Robert's amendments being put
For the motion 9.
These resolutions were found afterwards
not to have been carried, the necessary
3/4 majority not having been obtained
Rule 4 sec G
W. B. Yeats
General Meeting Sunday Dec. 17th 1905
Present W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge
F. Ryan, Koeheller, Miss Laird, F. G. Fay
Miss Garvey, Miss Walker, F. Walker, Starkey
Miss Allgood, U. Wright, W. G. Fay, Roberts
Mr. Yeats was the chair.
The chairman having made a statement that a
new society has been formed as
The National Theatre Society Limited.
The meeting was adjourned for short
time and when the chair resumed the chair
no resolution being put before the
meeting the chairman declared the
W. B. Yeats
Committee Meeting Nov. 1905
Present W. G. Fay, F. J. Fay, F. Ryan, J. Starkey
Miss Walker, G. Roberts.
Proposed by F. Ryan that this meeting be held without
[minutes] for last meeting being read passed
A/cs for last performance passed
And sundry other a/cs passed
Application from Miss Walker, F. Walker
Miss Garvey and G. Roberts before xxx committee
to play in London Oxford etc. with the
National Theatre Society Ltd. in November
G. Roberts proposed that an [imbursement] of
£3 be paid to Miss Allgood Miss Garvey and
Miss Walker for last performance
F. Ryan seconded.
W. G. Fay proposed an amendment that
the sum be £1-1-0 as heretofore
Mr. F. J. Fay seconded. After some discussion
Mr. W. G. Fay withdrew his amendment
and the first resolution was carried.
W. G. Fay proposed the addition of
F. Walker to the list.
Committee Meeting 22nd Dec. 1905
Proposed by Present F. J. Fay, W. G. Fay, F. Ryan
G. Roberts, Miss Garvey, Miss Walker,
F. Ryan proposed W. G. Fay seconded that the
same amount (of £3) [voted] to other members of company
should be voted to Mr. Colum. Passed unanimously.
Cheque made out to Mr. Yeats who had previously advanced
this sum to Colum.
Sundry accounts passed for payment - [Freene] a/c to be
paid as soon as correctly furnished - Miss Horniman's a/c for
electric lights and gas and cleaning to paid when made up by Mr. Fay.
Application made by Miss Walker to take part
in a performance given by the National Theatre Society, no objection
being raised permission was granted.
Committee Meeting 20th June 19056
Present F. Ryan J. Starkey, Miss Walker, F. J. Fay, W. G. Fay
G. Roberts, Miss Garvey.
Proposed by J. Starkey,
"That this committee consider the forthcoming
performance of the National Theatre Society Ltd. prejudicial
to the interests of the Irish National Theatre Society and that
the members taking part in the performance be notified of
Seconded by Miss Walker
For the resolution 4.
W. G. Fay asked for explanation as to why Miss Laird and Miss Garvey
took part in an Irish play and the secretary explained he
had received applicants for permission.
Mr. Fay notified him
he would refer the question at the next general meeting.
Letter on Abbey Theatre headed notepaper
Dublin August 2nd 1905
Dear Mr. Yeats
We had a committee meeting Monday night
and we have got deadlocked, through the brother
not being able to get off either for Galway
or Lady Drogheda's show. It happened they both
fell on the one time but the crowd did not
want to go to Lady Drogheda and there was
no use pushing them, so I used the
excuse of not being able to get the people
free. I dare say she will be riled but it
would have been with a bad grace, they would
have gone. The Galway show I was sorry
we could not pull off but I certainly don't
think there's any use in going to the country except
with the best crowd we can get. But the worst
case is Frank says he can't get off for Oxford
or London and that's real bad. They
did not like to decide on refusing London
and Oxford so they are calling a general
meeting to spread the responsibility.
I went the to see Russell on Sunday
to see what he was at and had a long
discussion. He says of course he isn't a bit interested
but is prepared to help. I asked him what he
thought should be done and he said if we were
going on a paid show, that reconstruction of
the society was the only solution. I agreed
but said if you or I talked reconstruction he
and all his following would drop out and make
a new subject for scandal this year.
However he seems quite prepared
to use his influence with his friends
if you and he can get at a sound practical
basis for working. Roughly he suggests
that the actors and people working for the
place should be paid as far as possible
and the people first to be paid are those
determined to make a living out of the game.
That no one working for being paid by the society should
have any token voice in the management.
That the mage management should be in the
hand of three or four people yourself, Lady Gregory,
and what ever one or two more people necessary.
Best all to be of settled position and not young
people with no standing or settled way in life.
That the managing committee give me
their orders and that I be responsible for
the carrying out of them.
He also thinks the Committee should stay
as far as possible in Dublin during the
session. And he thinks it very important
that you yourself would be in Dublin as much
as ever you can. I think in fact he thinks you
ought to stay here as long as the our season
ran. Now that is very roughly put his
way of looking at things. He is not very friendly
toward you he says and would like to rese resign
if he could do so without inconvenience to the show.
I agree main with the main plan but of
course it wants a good deal of discussion
as to details. Personally I think if
we are not going in for payment this year
there is no use making any more fuss
but if we are the sooner it is squared out
the sooner we will know how we stand.
I can quite see this committee we have
here will buck up for a month or two after
the holidays and then drop into their
old way of going along. I think
it would be well to chat it over with
Mr. Russell in a friendly way and
I think at the back of his mind he
is rather sick of these disciples of his
but of course would not admit it. I guess
so from the fact that he thinks now Roberts
is a rotten business man and Starkey
is lethargic, and wha that's new from
Russell. Will you tell Lady Gregory
the news, and let me know [if ]what
you think of doing. Could you run up
on Monday there will be excursion
vote. As I write and badly it's hard
to give my meaning clear on paper
but I think you will be able to gather
about where the trouble lies.
Will you give my respects to
Lady Gregory and her son and
hoping you are having a good time on
William G. Fay