Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1925 - 1931

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National Theatre Society Limited


Minute Book


Directors' Meeting



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Minutes of a Directors' Meeting of the
National Theatre Society Ltd.
Held at 82 Merrion Square, Dublin on
Friday 20th March 1925.


Present W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


It was agreed by the Directors that for the future
minutes should be kept of these meetings and
that J. H. Perrin should attend for that purpose.


A discussion took place on the application
of the Gaelic Players for two nights in Easter week.
It was decided not to give them the Monday and
Tuesday nights as the loss of the receipts for these
two nights would in all probability result in the
Company playing the remaining nights at a
loss. Mr. Perrin was instructed to offer them the
Sunday and Wednesday nights and to inform
them that this was a concession which the
Directors would not be able to grant
in the future.



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Mr. Yeats said it was not fair to the authors to
experiment with good plays when we were
having such poor houses and the receipts were
falling off. Lady Gregory's 'She Would Be Gentleman'
was to be kept until the autumn but Brinsley
MacNamarara's 'Look at the Heffernans' could, if
accepted, be produced for Easter week.


For the week commencing 31st March the plays
selected were 'Portrait' and 'The Eloquent Dempsey'.
The Theatre was to be closed for Holy Week and
to close for the usual summer vacation on
30th April.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Directors' Meeting of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd.
Held at 82, Merrion Square, Dublin, on
Tuesday, 11th August, 1925.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were read
and signed. Mr. Dolan suggested the first production
of Mr. George Shiels' 'Professor Tim' should be
put forward a few weeks and this was agreed
to. The plays suitable for production during the
next month were then discussed and the following
programme agreed upon. For the week commencing 24th August 'Autumn Fire' 31st August 'Professor Tim' 7th September 'Grasshopper' and 'A Minute's Wait' 14th September 'The Proposal' & 'Shadow of a Gunman'


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Directors' Meeting of the National
Theatre Society, Ltd.
Held at 82, Merrion Square, Dublin, on
Monday, 14th September, 1925 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed. It was agreed that Mr. Robinson's
two plays 'Never the Time and the Place' and 'The Whiteheaded Boy'
should be produced the following week. 'A Doll's House' for
the week commencing 28th September and 'The Hour Glass'
and 'Fanny's First Play' during the week commencing
5th October. Mr. Robinson's new play 'The White Blackbird'
if ready, is to be played for the week commencing
12th October.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society, Ltd. held at 82, Merrion Square,
Dublin on the 22nd September, 1925.


Present. Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats (in chair)
Dr. George O'Brien, Lennox Robinson.


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


It was agreed that minutes of future
meetings should be sent to any Directors not
present at them.


It was decided that in the case of a vote
being taken on any matter the Chairman
should have a casting vote.


A memorandum forwarded by the Government
was presented by Dr. O'Brien. It was agreed
that it should be circulated among the
Directors.


It was proposed by Lady Gregory, seconded by
Lennox Robinson and passed by three votes to one
"that "The Plough and the Stars" should be accepted
for production, any alterations in the play to be
made by the producer."
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It was agreed that a Directors meeting should
be held on the 24th inst.
The meeting then adjourned.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society, Ltd. held at 82, Merrion Square
Dublin on the 24th September, 1925 at 3 p.m.


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats (in chair)
Dr. George O'Brien, Lennox Robinson.
Also present J. H. Perrin (Secretary)


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


A letter from Miss Delaney asking for an
increase in salary was read and it was decided
to give her £1 (one pound) a week extra. The increase
to date from Monday 28th inst. Mr. O'Casey's application
for the cancelling of agreement for his play 'Nannies
Night Out' and the returning of the manuscript was
next considered and his request granted.


Mr. H. L. McNally's suggestion that he
should supply the Theatre with sufficient photographs
of new productions for insertion in Irish Papers free
of copyright fee was considered, it was decided that he
was to be asked to supply photographs of the next two
important new plays to be produced and if the papers


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made use of the photographs a permanent
arrangement would probably be made with him.


It was decided that the Abbey Company should
play every Monday night during the present
season excepting those already disposed of to the
Gaelic and Drama Leagues.


A letter from the Secretary of the Central Housing
Committee requesting that a propaganda plan
should be produced at the Theatre during 'Housing Week'
was next considered and Mr. Perrin instructed to write
and inform them that as the programme for October
had already been arranged the Directors were unable
to grant this request.


It was reported that the skylight on office landing
was badly in need of repair and John J. Dolan & Sons
estimate for the repair of same for £6-15-0 was
accepted.


It was decided to offer Miss Allgood a short agreement
at a weekly salary of £11. As several complaints
had been received by the Directors about her unsatisfactory
rehearsing since opening of season Mr. Robinson
undertook to write to her on the matter.


The directors agreed to give a series of advertisements to


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'The Republic' and to 'Honesty' and to take a further
and to take a further series with 'The Voice of Labour'.


It was decided that Mr. Robinson should become
Producer to the Society to the end of the present
season with authority to employ an Assistant
Producer. Mr. Yeats proposed that Mr. Robinson
should consult Mr. Tulloch as to what fee the Society
could afford to pay. It was decided that Mr. Dolan
to remain as Manager and Player and his
present salary to remain unaltered.


Mr. Perrin reported that the Company were
asking for an excessive number of passes and
he was instructed to post following resolution on
Notice Board. "No member of the Company shall
receive more than one pass for two in any one week
and for any week for which full houses are anticipated
passes must only be issued for the Saturday Matinee.


It was reported that an extra typewriter for use in
office and while the Company was on tour was needed, and
if the cost was not too high this was to be purchased.


An application from the chairman for an increase
in wages for Sunday work was not granted.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82, Merrion Square Dublin on the 9th October
1925 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed. Plays suitable for production
during the next few weeks were then discussed
and the following were agreed upon. For the
week commencing 19th October, Mr. Brinsley Macnamara's
'The Glorious Uncertainty' for the following week
'The Bribe' and 'A Minutes Wait' and for the
week commencing 26th October Mr. George Shiels'
'Professor Tim'.


Mr. Robinson suggested 'The Glorious Uncertainty'
and 'John Bull's Other Island' as suitable for
production at the Opera House Cork for the week
of our booking in December but it was decided to
make no definite decision before the next meeting which
would take place in a few weeks time.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on the Monday, 26th
October at 12 o'clock at 12.15 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


The plays suitable for production at Cork
during the week of the Society's booking at
Cork were discussed. As Mr. Barry Fitzgerald
would not be available owing to his leave from
office being exhausted it was found impossible
to take either 'John Bull's Other Island' or 'The
Glorious Uncertainty' . Mr. Yeats voted against asking
Mr. Blythe to release Mr. Fitzgerald for this week
as and Mr. Robinson said it would make it more difficult to secure this player
should we have need of him for a tour next summer.


The plays agreed upon were:
Monday & Tuesday - 'Spring' and 'Professor Tim'


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Wednesday and Saturday 'Spring' and 'The Shadow of a Gunman'
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Matinee: 'Arms and the Man'
and Hyacinth Halvey'.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82, Merrion Square, Dublin on Friday, 6th
November, 1925 at 4 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present: Michael J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were read and signed.
A letter from the Art's League of Service requesting the Directors to
let them the Theatre on sharing terms for the week commencing
22nd March was read and Mr. Perrin was instructed to write
them [signalling] that as this would mean our own Company
being idle for that week their request could not be granted. If they
wished they could have the Theatre for a week towards the end of
May but at the ordinary terms and not a percentage.


A letter was read from the Talbot Press asking for permission
to enter the debt incurred by Miss Bushill to the Society's account was
read. It was pointed out that the arrangement Miss Bushill
had with the Talbot Press was that she would be so responsible to
the Talbot Press direct - making all payments herself, and retaining


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any profit for her own use. The Theatre having no control
whatever over her. Mr. Perrin was instructed to write
to the Talbot Press drawing their attention to the above facts
and informing them that we could not be responsible for
this debt.


The following plays were agreed upon for production
during the next few weeks:
Monday 16th Nov. and for the week: Spring and the Playboy of the Western World
Monday 23 " " " " " Portrait and The Shadow of a Gunman
Monday 30 " " " " " Grasshopper and Sovereign Love
" 7 Dec " " " " Company at Cork
" 14 " " " " " Paul Twyning
St. Stephen's Day, Sat. 26/12/25 - Mat & night - Professor Tim


Mr. Dolan suggested that as Mr. Carolan was
now free during the day he should be taken on as a member
of our standing Company. After some discussion Mr. Yeats
proposed that we should give him a trial an arrangement to the end of December
at a weekly salary of £3-10-0 was agreed upon.


Mr. Perrin was instructed to write to Mr. Keller and request
him to write a letter to the Society stating that in his opinion the
Directors were quite entitled to pay a fee to Mr. Lennox Robinson
as official Producer to the Society.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society, Ltd.
held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on
Monday 16th November 1925 at 12.30 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Also present: J. H. Perrin, G. H. Tulloch


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


Mr. Tulloch informed the meeting that he had
prepared Share Certificates. These were signed by
the two Directors present and the secretary, and the
Society's seal was affixed.


W. B. Yeats, 15th December 1925.



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National Theatre Soc.
Ltd. held at 82 Merrion Square Dublin, on the
15th December 1925.


Present: W. B. Yeats (in chair), George O'Brien, Lennox
Robinson.


The minutes of the previous meeting were read and
signed.


It was decided that the programme for the birthday
performance should consist of "The Hour Glass"
"In the Shadow of the Glen" and "Hyacinth Halvey";
that Mr. Thomas Johnson should be asked
to take the chair, Mr. Blythe to propose a vote of
thanks to the players, a representative of the
Gaelic Theatre to second it, and Lady Gregory
to reply.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82, Merrion Square, Dublin on Monday,
28th December, 1925


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats (in chair), Lennox
Robinson, George O'Brien.


In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin, M. J. Dolan.


The minutes of the meeting held on 15th December
were read and signed.


Mr. Tulloch reported that he had received from
Mr. Keller blank transfers signed by Mr. Edmund
Bourke for the two shares standing in his name -
Mr. Bourke having expressed a wish to relinquish
the shares as he is no longer living in Ireland.


Mr. Tulloch further stated that in connection
with the two shares standing in the name of the
Right Hon. W. F. Bailey, a copy of the Probate of
the late Mr. Bailey's will had been produced
for inspection showing that Administration had
been granted to Mr. Edward John Dowdall; and that


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a copy of the Probate of the late Mr. Dowdall's
Will had been produced showing that Administration
had been granted to his Widow, Annie Elizabeth
Dowdall. These documents had been received
from Mr. Keller, who stated that Mrs. Dowdall
was willing to execute transfers of the shares
to any person named by the Directors.


On the suggestion of Mr. Yeats it was
agreed that the four shares should be transferred
to Mr. Robinson. Two transfers of one share each
from Mr. Edmund Bourke to Mr. Lennox Robinson
were accordingly passed. It was further decided
to pass two transfers of one share each from
Mrs. Dowdall to Mr. Robinson when executed
by Mrs. Dowdall. The Secretary was authorised
to affix the Company's seal to a new Share
Certificate for four shares in the name of Mr.
Robinson, representing the two shares formerly
held by Mr. Bourke, and the two shares
formerly held by the late Commissioner Bailey.


Lady Gregory raised the question of
the disposal of shares held by a Director
on his or her death, and stated that she


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proposed to make a codicil to her will leaving
her shares to the other Directors. Mr. Yeats and
Mr. Robinson both agreed to do likewise. Mr.
O'Brien suggested that the bequest should be
so worded as to exclude the Director appointed
under the new Article (5a), and the following
wording was greed to, subject to Mr. Keller's
revision:-
'I bequeath all the shares I possess
in the National Theatre Society Limited
to the surviving Directors, they being
themselves shareholders, to be divided
amongst them equally or as nearly
equally as may be.


Mr. Tulloch suggested that as there was
£1600 in Bank at the end of November it
was desirable that £1000 should be placed on
deposit. This was agreed to.


The heating of the Theatre was next
discussed and Mr. Dolan instructed to have
a report made on same.


Mr. Perrin having raised the question
of the difficulty owing to postal delays of


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getting cheques signed by Lady Gregory at
short notice, the following resolution was passed:-
That in future cheques are to be signed
either by two Directors of the following
Directors, namely, Lady Gregory, Mr.
W. B. Yeats, Mr. Lennox Robinson, or by
one of these directors and the Secretary,
and that the Munster and Leinster
Bank to be advised accordingly.


It was further arranged that Mr. Perrin
should send to Lady Gregory a list of all
cheques drawn so that she may know what
have been expended.


Mr. Tulloch reported that the Filing system
in the office was inadequate. It was agreed
that Mr. Perrin and Mr. Robinson, subject to
Mr. Tulloch's approval, should obtain a Filing
Cabinet, and any other necessary office
furniture and requisites.


Mr. Tulloch referred to provisional assessment
for Income Tax received by Mr. Perrin and
stated that he intended to appeal against same in
order to discuss before the Special Commissioners


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the question as to whether the Society should not
be exempt from Income Tax having regard
to the objects set out in the Memorandum of
Association. This was approved.


It was agreed that a new exterior
scene was urgently needed, and that Mr.
Robinson should ask Mrs. Phibbs to submit
sketches for approval.


The following plays were considered
suitable for production during the next few
weeks: Week commencing Jan. 11th, Ann Kavanagh
and 'The Last Mayor'. Jan. 18th 'White Blackbird'
and 'Apartments'. Jan. 25th 'Fanny's First Play' and
'Sovereign Love', and if possible 'The Plough and
the Stars for February 1st


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82, Merrion Square, Dublin on Thursday 4th February 1926


Present: W. B. Yeats (in chair), Lennox Robinson, George O'Brien
In Attendance: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin.


The minutes of the meeting held on 28th December
were read and signed.


Correspondence from Mr. Harley Granville Barker
who had been written to by Mr. Perrin
for permission to produce his translation of
Dr. Knock was read and although his letter
and telegram were rather vague it was agreed that
he intended the Society to produce the play. The
production it was agreed should be given for the
week commencing Tuesday 16th February. 'She Stoops
to Conquer' was arranged for the following week and 'Deirdre' and 'Damer's
Gold' for the week commencing 1st March.


A proposal had been received by Mr. Dolan
for the Company to visit Cardiff for a week
early next summer and as a guarantee against


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loss would be given the Directors present
considered the proposal favourably. Mr. Dolan
was to get further information, and the project
would be discussed at a future meeting.


A letter was read from Miss Craig asking
for an increase in salary. As she had only
received one increase in salary since 1916 she was
given an additional 10/- per week.


It was decided to relieve Mr. McCormick of his
position as Stage Manager but his salary was to
remain unaltered. This change was decided on to
allow Mr. McCormick more time to devote to his
acting. Before his successor was appointed Mr. Robinson
was to consult Mr. Shields the Assistant Producer.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82, Merrion Square, Dublin on Monday, 8th
March 1926


Present: W. B. Yeats (in chair), Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin.


The minutes of the meeting held on 4th February
were read and signed.


The following plays were agreed upon for
production during the next few weeks.
Week commencing 15th March. 'Whiteheaded Boy' 'Shadow of the Glen'
" " 22nd March. 'Juno and the Paycock'
" " 5th April. 'The Would be Gentleman' and 'The
(if accepted).


A letter was read from Mr. Arthur Shields stating he
had not yet received an increase in acting salary since January 1923.
After some discussion Mr. Yeats and Mr. Robinson granted him
a temporary increase of 10/- (ten shillings) per week to end
of season.


Attention was drawn to the fact that Miss Crowe's Agreement


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would expire on the 30th April. Mr. Perrin was
authorised to give her a new agreement at her
present salary to the end of May.


Mr. Carolan's salary as Assistant Stage Manager
was increased from 20/- to 25/- (twenty-five shillings)
per week.


As the first Monday in April (the date of the
next Gaelic Drama League's performance) will be
Easter Monday it was decided to give them instead the
Wednesday 7th April.


An application had been received from the
Dramatic Society, Queens University, Belfast for a
week in July. As our own Company would
probably be using the Theatre for the month of July Mr.
Perrin was instructed to inform them that it is impossible
to rent them the Theatre for a week.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82, Merrion Square on Tuesday, 20th April 1926


Present: W. B. Yeats (in chair), Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin.


The minutes of the meeting held on 8th March
1926, were read and signed.


The following plays were agreed upon for
production during the next few weeks
Week commencing 26th April - 'The Glorious Uncertainty'
" " 3rd May 'The Plough and the Stars'
Note. If permission to produce 'Autumn Fire' could
not be obtained 'Juno and the Paycock' to be
played instead.
Week commencing 7th May. 'Professor Tim'
" "24th May, Company at Opera House, Cork.
''Professor Tim' 'Shadow of the Glen' 'The Glorious Uncdertainty'


Mr. Yeats brought up the question of what protection
the Theatre had against fire and if all the
appliance were in perfect order. Mr. Dolan was
authorised to see that the Theatre was protected in


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every possible and if necessary a sum
of £50 could be spent.


Mr. Dolan drew the attention of the meeting
to the Emergency Exit through College of
Irish and pointed out that the street door
opened inwards instead of outwards and
also that the locks and bolts at present on
it would, in the case of an emergency make
the door difficult if not impossible to open.


A. Gregory



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held
at the Abbey Theatre on Friday, 7th May 1926
at 11.15 a.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats (in chair), Lady Gregory
George O'Brien
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


The Directors' Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1926 were
approved.


The Society's seal was affixed to the Certificate
transferring four shares to Mr. Robinson and the
Certificate was signed by Mr. Yeats and
Lady Gregory.



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society, held
at the Abbey Theatre on Friday, 7th May 1926


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, George O'Brien
Lennox Robinson.
In Attendance: U. Wright, G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin.


An estimate prepared by Messrs. J. T. Keating &
Sons Ltd. for the repainting of exterior of Theatre in
Marlborough St was accepted. It was pointed
out that the interior of the Theatre had not been
decorated since 1916 and as the Directors
considered that this work should be done during
the present summer, Messrs. Keatings are to be
asked to estimate for it and also to offer
suggestions as to what colours they considered
would be suitable. It was agreed that
the first seven and a half feet of walls
should be painted with a good oil paint;
the remaining to be distempered. The Directors


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thought red would be a suitable colour
for the panel and cream for the distemper.
Messrs. Keating are to be asked to quote
separately for the doors and windows in old
Abbey Street and in Lr. Abbey Street.


Messrs. John J. Dolan & Sons estimate for
the removing of part of the wall between scene
dock and stage and for alterations to floor
and stairs in scene dock was accepted as
also was their estimate for the plastering of
back wall of stage. These two estimates
£149-18-3. Mr. Wright pointed out that these
estimates included the cost of removing Radiators
and that should the Directors decide on having
the heating installation overhauled the firm
contracting for this would remove the Radiators
and that Messrs. Dolan should make an
allowance for this.


The Directors were of the opinion that
the estimates for the overhauling of the heating
were not satisfactory and that more extensive
alterations than those suggested by Messrs. Bairds
should be made. Mr. Wright was asked to


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consult with Bairds and to make
suggestion to them.


Mr. Wright pointed out that a great
deal of the draught coming from the stage
was caused by an old fireplace in
the grid which wanted blocking up. He
also suggested that the windows in vestibule
should be overhauled and new cords fitted
where necessary so that windows could be
opened after an interval and the place
properly ventilated.


It was agreed that £5-10-0 should be spent
on a new stage cloth and oilcloth for the
stairs outside greenroom and also that £20
should be spent on improvements to green-
room.


It was brought to the notice of the meeting
that it would be advisable to alter the clause
in the agreement for plays which only gave the
Society the right to produce the play for twelve months.
Five years was considered a suitable time and
that the advance royalty should be increased from
£1-1-0 to £3-3-0 per act. Mr. Robinson offered


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to consult the Secretary of the Irish Playwrights
Association with a view to the drawing up
of a clause suitable acceptable to the Association.


Mr. Perrin was instructed to ask an Insurance
Company to quote for a policy covering members of
the audience against accidents.


Mr. Perrin informed the meeting that it
would be advisable to enlarge the Booking Office
as at present the Booking Clerk had not sufficient
room to carry out her duties efficiently. Messrs.
Dolan and Messrs. Keating are to be asked to
estimate for this and to provide sketches of
their proposed alterations.


The Meeting then adjourned until Monday
10th June May 1926.



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Minutes of the adjourned Meeting
of the Directors of the National Theatre
Society, Ltd. held at 82. Merrion Square
on Monday 10th May 1926


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
George O'Brien.
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin, M. J. Dolan.


A letter was read from the Queen's University
Dramatic Society asking the Directors to rent
them the Theatre for four night and one
matinee performance for £40 in December 1926.
Mr. Perrin was instructed to write and offer
them the five performances for £45 - this being
£5 less than the rent usually charged.


The directors decided to purchase an
old play bill of the New Princess' Theatre from
Mr. Carolan for 10/6 should it prove that this
Theatre stood on the site of the present Abbey Theatre.
Dr. O'Brien offered to consult a directory for the
year of the bill and ascertain if it were genuine.


It was decided to pay members of the standing


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company 3/4 salary for the five weeks this summer
during which the Theatre would be closed.


The increasing of Acting Salaries were next
discussed and the following proposals of Mr.
Dolan's accepted - that all the old whole-time
members of the Company should be put under
Agreement from the re-opening of next season
and receive a weekly salary while playing of
£7-10-0 - that the part time members instead of
being paid a flat rate of £2-10-0 per week as
at present should be paid in proportion to the
size of the part they were playing, the minimum
salary to be £1-5-0 (?)WBY
It was also agreed to pay Mr. McCormick 10/- per week
from re-opening of next season for his work as photographer.
A new member of the standing company is to receive
in future £3-0-0, the salary to be raised, provided
the work of the Artiste continues to be satisfactory, by
annual increments of £1 per week until the maximum
of £7-10-0 is reached.


The Producer and Manager are to assess the value
of any part to be played by a part time Artiste
and to inform him or her of the amount to be


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paid, before the first rehearsal takes place.


The following plays were agreed upon for the
first three week of the next season.
Week commencing 5th July 'Juno and the Paycock'
" " 12th July 'In the Shadow of the Glen'
'Maurice Harte'
'Spreading the News'
" " 19th July 'The County Dressmaker'
'Crabbed Youth and age'


W. B. Yeats



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Meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society held at 39-41 Dame Street,
Dublin, on the 23rd day of July 1926


Present: Mr. W. B. Yeats, Mr. Lennox Robinson
and Mr. George O'Brien also Mr. Tulloch.


The Minutes of the two previous Meetings
were read and signed subject to the correction
of the maximum salary payable to part-time
actors.


The invitation to Berlin was discussed
and it was decided to accept, provided a
certain guarantee was obtained that the loss,
if any, would not exceed £100.


It was decided to re-establish the School
of Acting as soon as possible; Mr. Dolan to
be Principal, and in order to allow him to
take up his duties at once and to make all
arrangements for opening the School on the
1st September, he is to be released from his
position as Manager of the Theatre. His salary as
Principal of the School of Acting to be the same


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as he received as Manager of the Theatre,
namely £4 a week. His total remuneration
of £11-10-0 will therefore remain unchanged.


Mr. Perrin to be appointed Business
Manager and to hold the joint positions
of Business Manager and Secretary.


Mr. Lennox Robinson's remuneration
as Play Producer to be increased to £400 per
annum as from the 1st July 1926.


Estimates were considered from Messrs.
John J. Dolan & Sons (a) For the decoration of the
Staircase to Office etc £25, and (b) For improvements
in the Ladies' Lavatory, £19-10-0. It was
agreed to accept these.


W. B. Yeats



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Meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society, Ltd. held at 82. Merrion
Square


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson, George O'Brien
In Attendance: M. J. Dolan, J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read
and signed.


The proposed School of Acting was discussed and
Mr. Yeats informed the meeting that it was the
the intention of the Directors to form the School on a
large scale by converting the large room in the
Mechanics Institute into a small Theatre with
stage, proper seating, lighting etc. One of the
rooms upstairs would be converted into Dressing
rooms, a box office provided and several other
necessary structural alterations made. Mr. Robinson
and Mr. Perrin to see that estimates are
prepared for these alterations. Mr. Dolan
accepted the position of Principal.


The difficulty of removing our present tenants


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'The College of Modern Irish' was next discussed
and Mr. Perrin instructed to interview
their Registrar and ascertain from him
how soon they could vacate the premises. He
was instructed should they be able to do
with less room, to offer them the exclusive
use of the room on the ground floor
and the temporary use of one of the upper
rooms for every night after 7.30. The room on
the ground floor could be partitioned off so
as to form two rooms if they wished. The
Directors would consider paying the College a
fee for immediate possession if the above offer
was not accepted and they insisted on a
full three months notice.


Mr. Yeats pointed out that the rent received
from the college was only £85 per annum and
that we should be able to rent the ground
floor room for £30 and this added to the income
from letting the Theatre would mean that we should
benefit financially from the proposed alterations.


The programme for the next few weeks was
agreed upon as follows:-


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Week commencing 23rd August "The Passing" and
"Aristotle's Bellows". Week commencing 30th August
"Autumn Fire". If "The Big House" was ready its
first production would be given for week commencing
6th September but if not "Spreading the News" and "The
Lord Mayor" could be given instead and the production
of "The Big House" postponed until the 20th September.
"Juno and the Paycock" was arranged for the
week commencing 13th September.


It was agreed that Miss Mannix be given
of the Ladies' Cloak Room and receive
2/6 per week extra for this. She will be responsible
for seeing that a clean towel and soap is provided
each night and also that the room is not in
in future used by any employee for the purpose of
depositing clothes etc.


It was agreed that the present system of paying
part-time actors be dispensed with and that in future
G. J. Fallon, P. Nolan, T. Quinn, May Craig, E. Gorman
and C. Hayden receive £3-10-0 per week while playing.
Small and unimportant parts may be given to beginners
but the above Artistes may play them at reduced
rates if they desire to do so. Mr. Barry Fitzgerald's
salary

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was increased to £4-10-0 per week. Mr. Quinn
to be refunded 10/- and May Craig £5-10-0 the
amounts by which their salaries had been
decreased under the experimental scheme.


It was decided that in future the Theatre be
let only for Dramatic Entertainments and
Recitals and that, where an Orchestra is
necessary, Dr. Larchet should be given the first refusal
and that for this purpose £5-0-0 be added to the terms
for a Sunday night to cover his fee of £4-10-0.
Applications for rehearsals must be made to the
Stage Manager or his Assistant and during
Rehearsals a member of the Stage Staff will have
to be present to look after the lights and to
furnish an account to the hirer a copy of
this to be handed to the office. One plain rehearsal
to be given free of charge and other plain rehearsals
to be charged for at the rate of 10/- per hour.


W. B. Yeats



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Meeting of the Directors of the National Theatre Society, Ltd.
held at 82. Merrion Square on Thursday 4th November 1926


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read
and signed.


Mr. Tulloch being in attendance the proposed scheme
for converting the large room in the Mechanics Institute
into a Model Theatre was outlined to him and the
four estimates received from Messrs. Kiely & Jones the
Architects were read to the meeting by Mr. Robinson. As
the Corporation had informed the Secretary that the
plans would be returned to the Architects for
alterations it was decided to write to Kiely & Jones
and inform them that the Directors wished John J.
Dolan & Sons and Mr. Kinan - the estimates of these two
firms being the lowest received - to estimate for
whatever alterations are necessary. One of the
Laws which the Corporation expressed their intention of
enforcing was that the room underneath the proposed
Theatre could not be sublet. The directors decided that


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this room could be turned into a cafe and
the Architects are to get estimates from the above
two firms for making an opening into this
room from the passage facing the exit from
the Back Pit. The whole question of the proposed
Theatre was then postponed for consideration at
the next meeting.


A letter was read from Miss Mooney asking to
be placed under agreement and it was decided that
it was not advisable to do so but it was directed that
she should be written to and informed that she
would be used as much as possible during the
present season.


A letter was read from Rev. Bro. Keegan, Carraiglea
Park schools asking for permission for our Company
to give two Sunday performances of 'Professor Tim' in
aid of the schools, one of the performances to be given at the
La Scala Theatre, Dublin and the other at the
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. It was agreed
to give the required permission provided 'The Lord Mayor'
was substituted for 'Professor Tim'.


Father Clarke's request for the Company to give a
performance of 'The Courting of Mary Doyle' at the Pavilion Theatre


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, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday, 5th December
was granted.


The following programme was decided on:
Week commencing Monday 15th Nov. 'Spring' & 'The Playboy of the Western world'
" " Monday 22nd " 'John Bull's Other Island'
" " Tuesday 30th " 'Plough and the Stars'
" " Tuesday 7th Dec. 'A Doll's House'


W. B. Yeats



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Meeting of the Directors of the National Theatre
Society, Ltd., held at 82. Merrion Square
on Wednesday 12th January 1927


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: Ernest Blythe, G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read and
signed. The proposed scheme for constructing a
Little Theatre in the Mechanics Institute was outlined
to Mr. Blythe and after the question of capital to
be expended had been gone into Mr. Blythe
expressed approval of the scheme and said that
apart from the asset it would be to Dublin to
have a Theatre of this size he was of the opinion
that a profit would result from renting the
Theatre.


Mr. Robinson informed the Meeting that Mr.
George O'Brien had resigned his Directorship and the
following resolution was proposed by Mr. W. B. Yeats
seconded by Mr. Lennox Robinson and passed "That
we have received with very great regret the news
that Dr. George O'Brien has tendered to the Government


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his resignation from the Directorate. Dr. O'Brien
has been a most valuable colleague and
we greatly appreciate the assistance he has
given us.


Mr. Perrin was instructed to write to the
Registrar of the College of Modern Irish and
inform him that we should require possession
of the premises at present occupied by the College
of Modern Irish on 28th February 1927. If possible
we would allow them partial possession after that
date but this could not be promised and would
depend on the contractors who were given the
contract for constructing the Little Theatre. Work
would be concentrated as much as possible on
the big room but we could not promise them
possession after the above date.


A letter was read from the Manager of the
Opera House, Cork offering fifteen nights in next
December and this offer was accepted.


The following plays were agreed upon for production
during the next few weeks:-
Week commencing Jan 24 Man & Superman
" " " 31. Autumn Fire


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Week commencing February 7th The Big House


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held at
82. Merrion Square on Friday 4th
March at 3 p.m.


Present:- Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Walter
Starkie, Lennox Robinson
Also Present: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were
read and signed.


A letter was read from Miss May Craig
asking for an increase in salary. After
discussion it was agreed to grant her an
additional ten shillings per week when
playing. Her salary of one pound ten shilling
may be paid to her as previously when rehearsing
but not playing.


The following resolution proposed by W.
B. Yeats and seconded by Lennox Robinson
was passed by the meeting. "That the Governers
Directors of the National Theatre Society Ltd.


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express their disappointment that the
desire of the Late Hugh Lane that
his collection of pictures should be given
to Ireland, has not been carried into
effect, and urge upon the Government of
the Saorstat the necessity of taking steps
to secure by diplomatic action the return
of the pictures."


It was decided to grant the Gaelic Drama
League the use of the Theatre for the Wed-
nesday in Easter Week.


Miss Delaney's letter to the Directors
asking them to grant her full salary
for the week of the production of 'Man
and Superman' as she was not
playing that week and had been a
number of weeks out since the season
commenced was read. It was decided
that Artistes must abide by their
Agreements and her request could not
be granted.


Mr. Robinson proposed and it
was unanimously agreed to give a


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subscription of £25 to the funds of
the St. Vincent de Paul Society.


The following plays were listed
for production during the next six
weeks. 'Rising of the Moon' and 'Shadow
of a Gunman'; 'Sancho's Master'; 'Paul
Twyning'; Dr. Knock'; 'Eloquent
Dempsey' and 'Parted'; 'Land for the
People' and 'The Jackdaw'.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society, Ltd.
Held at 82. Merrion Square on Friday
13th May 1927 at 3 p.m.


Present:- W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were
read and signed.


Mr. Robinson stated that he had given
permission to members of the Company to
Broadcast recitations and stories from the
Dublin Station during the Children's Hour
but he was of the opinion, and it was
unanimously agreed upon, that in no
instance would permission be granted to
members of the Company to broadcast
plays or dialogue. Authors' Agreements are
to be altered so that the sole right
of broadcasting plays in the Abbey repertory
is retained by the Directors.


The question of salaries to be paid to Artistes


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during the summer vacation was next discussed.
It was agreed that all players under Agreement
should receive four weeks Acting Salary in
full and two weeks at half salary. M. J.
Dolan, F. J. McCormick, Arthur Shields and P. J.
Carolan are to receive in full for the six weeks
their salaries as Manager, Photographer, Stage
Manager etc. Miss May Craig is to
receive £10 for the six weeks closing period. P. J.
Carolan is to be increased by £1 per week
from the date of the re-opening under the
scheme decided upon at the meeting held on
10th May 1926.


Subject to Mr. Tulloch's approval the date
of the Annual General Meeting was arranged
for Friday 3rd June at 3 p.m. at the Abbey
Theatre.


The following plays were arranged
as programmes during the first four weeks of
next season:-
Week commencing 4th July: 'Parted' & 'The Gunman'
" " 11th July 'Professor Tim'


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Week commencing 14th July: 'Round Table' and a 'One Act Play'
" " 25th July: 'Caesar and Cleopatra'


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd
held at the Abbey Theatre on


Present:- W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin


An expenditure of £50 for new scenery, vacuum
cleaner, and cleaning of old sets for the stage
was sanctioned.


The Secretary was authorised to purchase new
scecarpeting for the stairs from vestibule to
Balcony and Stalls and to procure an estimate
for fixing an extracting fan in roof of Theatre
and to accept estimate provided same did
not exceed £50.


An increase of 2/6 per week was granted to
to the two Booking Clerks bringing their
weekly salary up to £2-2-6 each.


The payment of £3-3-0 to Miss Travers
Smith for sketch of Black Oliver was passed
by the meeting.



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Messrs. Keatings' estimate of £1216-10-6 for
constructing the Little Theatre was accepted
and work on Theatre should be commenced
immediately. Messrs. Bairds' estimate of £85-15-0
for heating installation in Little Theatre was
accepted on condition that any part of the
work involving alterations to the Abbey Theatre
should be completed before the date of the
opening 4th July.


The prompters salary was increased to 12/6
per week.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society Ltd
held at 82. Merrion Square on
Friday 15th July 1927


Present:- W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Geor Walter Starkie
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting
were read and signed.


Messrs. Handley & Robinson's Estimate for
the lighting for the Little Theatre was accepted.
The Directors approved of the sample
chair supplied by Messrs. Beck & Windibank
and the Secretary was authorised to purchase
the amount of seats required from this
firm.


Emperor Jones and Kathleen Ni Houlihan
selected as the programme for the
fourth week in July; 'Juno and the Paycock'
and 'The Big House' for Horse Show Week
and 'Autumn Fire' for the following week. A
new one act play 'The Drapier Letters' would be


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produced for the week commencing 15th
August.


The question of subscribing to the funds
of Civic Week was referred to Mr. Tulloch. The
Directors were of the opinion that a subscription
should be given.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society, Ltd
held at 82 Merrion Square on Thursday
8th September 1927


Present:- W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Walter Starkie
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were
read and signed.


Mr. Robinson informed the meeting that
the [B]roadway Soda Fountain had
a slightly used soda fountain for
disposal and were prepared to sell it
for £40. The Directors were of the opinion
that this should be purchased for the
new Cafe and the Secretary was authorised
to buy it if after enquiry he found
the soda fountain was valued for this amount.


After discussion the Directors decided
to offer the Dublin Drama League
£105 for the properties, scenery and


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costumes used in their "Caesar and
Cleopatra" production.


Messrs. Jones & Kelly are to obtain an
estimate from Dolan & Sons and if this
should prove lower than that offered by
Messrs. Keatings it is to be accepted.


Lennox Robinson Jan 14 1928



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society Ltd
held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Saturday 14th January 1928


Present:- Lennox Robinson, Walter Starkie
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were
read and signed.


Messrs. Dolan & Sons Estimate of £76-11-0
for the construction of a Ladies Lavatory
on the landing of the Peacock Theatre
was accepted. Messrs. Jones & Kelly, the
Architects, are to be instructed to have
the work commenced immediately.


The Directors agreed to renew the Society's
subscription of £25 to the funds of
St. Vincent de Paul Society.


The Secretary was authorised to take
out a contract with the proprietors of
"The Freeman" for a series of advertisements
in their paper at 4/- for each single column.



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The following plays were selected for
production during the coming weeks
Monday 24th January "Professor Tim"
" 30th January "Ballet by Miss de Valois and her Pupils"
" 6th February an "The Eloquent Dempsey"
Tuesday 7th February "The Doctor's Dilemma"
Monday 12th February "The Plough and the Stars"
Monday 19th February "A Doll's House"
Monday 26th February "The Round Table"


Mr. Robinson suggested and it was agreed
upon that the Theatre should offer a prize
of £50 for the scenario and music of an
Irish Ballet. The Ballet must deal with
an Irish subject but the composer need
not be of Irish birth. There shall be three
Judges of the competition. Mr. Robinson
would judge the Ballet as to the suitability
of the scenario, Miss de Valois as to its
suitability for effective choreography and a
well-known composer will be selected as judge
of the music. This offer will be made through
the Tailteann Games Committee but in the
event of their refusing to make the offer


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then the offer will be made direct by
the Theatre.


Walter Starkie 14th May '28



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society, Ltd. held
at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on
Monday 14th May 1928 at 2.20 p.m.


Present, Walter Starkie (in the Chair), Lady
Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance, G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting was
read and signed.


The Directors Report and Statement of
Accounts for the year ending 29th February
1928 were approved. The meeting then
adjourned until after the Annual General
Meeting.


Minutes of an adjourned Meeting of the
Directors held at the Abbey Theatre on
Monday 14th May at 3 p.m.


It was decided to pay all members
of the Company their salary in full for


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the five weeks during which the Theatre will
be closed. May Craig is to receive £10
as salary for the five weeks. P. J. Carolan
is to receive an increase of salary of £1
per week from the opening of the next
season.


The Stage Staff and Front of House
Staff are to receive one weeks wages during
the closed period as holiday money.


Estimates were accepted from Messrs.
Dolan & Sons for the re-painting of front
of theatre and for the carrying out of
structural alterations to the Balcony.


An estimate from Messrs. Millar & Beatty
for covering the Balcony passages and stairs
with cork matting was submitted to the
meeting and it was decided that a further
Estimate should be obtained from Clery & Co.
and the lower of the two will be accepted
on Mr. Robinson's approval.


Mr. Shields and Mr. Wright presented
Estimates amounting to £60 for sundries
required for the stage and alterations to


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the lighting. The expenditure of this
amount was sanctioned.


It was decided to have the large dressing-
room papered and painted provided the
cost did not exceed £12.


A letter was read from Miss Allgood
asking the Directors to grant her a
Contract from the re-opening of next
season at a salary £15 per week. The
Directors decided that the rule made
by them in 1926 fixing the maximum
salary payable to any Artist should at
be £7-10-0 per week could not be broken,
and the Secretary is to write to Miss Allgood
offering her a six months Contract from
the 2nd July at this rate of remuneration.
Miss Allgood is to be informed that should
she accept these terms the Directors will have
no objection to her taking private pupils
provided the classes will not interfere with
her rehearsals; she may also broadcast
from the Dublin studio on the same
conditions granted to other members of the


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Company.


Miss Richards is to be offered a Contract
for six months from the 2nd July but she
is not to be paid during the closed
period.


The Secretary was authorised to take
out a contract for thirteen weeks with
'The Standard' for a series of advertisements
at 7/= per insertion.


It was pointed out to the meeting that since
the opening of the Peacock Theatre the receipts
from the Schools of Ballet and Acting
and from rents etc amounted to approximately
£600 and this shows a profit of over £160
which is more than 5% on the amount
spent on the construction of the Theatre.


It was decided to re-open the Abbey Theatre
on Monday 2nd July with Mr. Sean O'Casey's
'The Plough and the Stars'.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society, Ltd
held at 82 Merrion Square on Thursday,
14th June 1928


Present, W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie
Lennox Robinson
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


Mr. Yeats suggested that in future
when plays were returned to the author
with a 'Reader's Opinion' that the
opinion should be typed on the official
Abbey Theatre notepaper and also that
special paper should be procured with
'Readers Opinion' and 'Private and Confidential'
printed on it. The suggestion was
adopted by the meeting. It was also
decided that in future all rejected manuscripts
should be returned to the author by the
Secretary and not by members of the


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Reading Committee.


The following plays were selected
for production during July and August:-
July 2nd 'The Plough and the Stars'
" 9th 'Countess Kathleen' and 'The Playboy'
" 16th 'Before Midnight' and 'Fanny's First Play'
" 23rd 'Professor Tim'
" 30th 'Ann Kavanagh' and 'The Glorious Uncertainty'
Aug. 6th Mon. Tues & Wed. 'Kathleen Ni Houlihan' and 'Maurice Harte'
Thur. Fri & Sat. 'John Bull's Other Island'
13th 'The Whiteheaded Boy'
20th 'Juno and the Paycock'
27th 'John Ferguson'


Lennox Robinson
Aug 24 1928



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd held at
the Abbey Theatre on Friday 24th August
1928 at 9.15 a.m.


Present Lennox Robinson, Walter Starkie
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


A letter was read from Miss Craig
asking for an increase in salary. The
Secretary was instructed to write to her
to the effect that her application could
not be considered until the end of
season.


The following plays were selected for
production during the next few weeks
Week ending 8th Sept. 'Mixed Marriage' & 'Meadowsweet'
" " 15th Sept. 'The Master' and Sara Allgood in a recital
" " 22nd Sept. 'The Gunman' & 'The Gaol Gate'
" " 29th Sept. 'The Player Queen' and Ballets


The advertising contract with 'The Standard' is


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is not to be renewed and a contract is to
be placed with 'The Leader' from the 1st September.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd held
at 42 Fitzwilliam Square on Tuesday
18th September 1928 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson, Walter Starkie
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


A letter was read from Mr. U. Wright
asking for an increase in salary. It was
decided to grant him an extra 10/- per
week from the 21st September. Mr. Martin,
Mrs Howlett, Mrs Flynn are to be given an
additional 2/6 each per week from the same
date.


The following plays were selected for production
during the next few months.
Oct 1 'Autumn Fire'
" 8 'Doctor's Dilemma'
" 15 'Far-off Hills'
" 22 'Look at the Heffernans'
" 27 'Plough and the Stars'


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Nov. 12th 5 13th 6 14th 7 'Plough and the Stars'
" 8th 9th 10th 'She Stoops to Conquer'
" 12th 'Full Measure' and 'The Women Have Their Way' (class)
" 19th 'The Big House'
" 26 'King Lear'
Dec. 26th 'Would Be Gentleman'


It was decided to relieve Mr. Arthur Shields of
the position of Stage Manager and to offer him an
extra £2-10-0 per week during the period of Mr.
Robinson's absence in America to compensate Mr.
Shields for the extra work involved. Mr. P. J.
Carolan is to take over the position of Stage Manager
for the same period and to receive an additional
15/- per week. These increases may be paid in one
amount or weekly as whichever is most convenient.


Miss Ninette de Valois is to receive £15-15-0
for the extra work involved with the production
of Mr. Harold White's Ballet.


Mr. Denis Johnston is to be offered the
production of King Lear at a fee of £15-.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd. held at
the Abbey Theatre on Monday 8th October 1928
at 3.30 p.m.


Present W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Walter
Starkie, Lennox Robinson,
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


A letter was read from a member of
the School of Acting Class expressing the
disappointment of some of the students that
they were not given more opportunities of appearing
on the Abbey Stage and stating that a
promise was made to them that they would
be given such opportunities by Mr. Dolan, when
the classes were first formed. Mr. Dolan
informed the meeting that no such promise
was made by him but that a number of
the students had already been given the opportunity. The
Secretary was instructed to write to the student
stating that the promise was not made but that


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a scheme would be considered by the
Directors to give the students the experience they
desired and Mr. Dolan would address the
class on the matter at the first opportunity.


The question of paying Miss Travers Smith
for the designs for King Lear was postponed to
a future meeting but Mr. Yeats expressed the
opinion that she should be paid £10-10-0 for the designs
and £4 per week while painting the designs.


It was decided to rent the basement of Messrs.
Whytes for a period of ten years at a rent of £100
per annum.


A. Gregory



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd. held at
the Abbey Theatre on Thursday 8th
November 1928 at 8 p.m.


Present Lady Gregory, Walter Starkie
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


Permission to install a public
telephone in the vestibule was granted.


Dr. Starkie stated that Mr. Denis
Johnston had approached him for a letter
to the Gate Theatre Studio stating that the
Directors were prepared to advance them the
sum of £50 towards the cost of producing
his play. Lady Gregory and Dr. Starkie
are under the impression that sums of
money for extraordinary expenditure
should not be granted without a Directors'
meeting.


Mr. Stephenson's salary was increased to £3-10-0


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per week and Mr. Michael Scott's to £3-


The following plays were selected for
production
Dec. 26. "Eloquent Dempsey" & "Spring"
31 "Would be Gentleman" & "Before Midnight"
1929 Jan. 7 "Paul Twyning"
14 "The Jackdaw" & "Crusaders"
21 "Doctor's Dilemma"
28 "Blind Wolf" or "The Round Table"
Feb. 4 "Mountain Dew"


Walter Starkie



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre
Marlborough Street on Thursday 10th January 1929


Present:- Walter Starkie, Lady Gregory
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


The two Directors signed a bond between the
Revenue Commissioners (Entertainment Tax) and National Theatre
Society Ltd. It was countersigned by the Secretary and
the Society's seal affixed.


Lady Gregory stated that Mr. Robinson had been
granted leave of absence for a further three months.


'[The Spell]' by Bernard McCarthy with music by Dr.
Larchet was accepted for production and Lady Gregory's
'The White Cockade' is to be produced shortly.


The following plays were approved for production during
the next few weeks.
Jan. 14th 'Paul Twyning'
" 21 'Juno and the Paycock'


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January 28th 'The Jackdaw' and 'Crusaders'
February 4th 'The Blind Wolf'
" 11th 'The Far-off Hills'
" 1[9] 'Mountain Dew' by George Shiels - first production


It was decided that Lady Gregory's travelling expenses
and hotel account should be paid by the Society when
she is in Dublin on Theatre business.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd. held at the
Abbey Theatre, Marlborough Street on
Thursday 23rd May at 12 o'clock noon.


Present:- W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Walter
Starkie, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin, U. Wright


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


The Directors' Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1929 were
approved. The meeting then adjourned until
after the Annual General Meeting.


Minutes of the adjourned Meeting on Thursday
23rd May at 12.15 p.m.


It was decided to pay those members of the Company
who are under Contract their salary in full for
the five weeks the theatre will be closed this
summer. Miss Craig is to receive £10 as salary
for this period. P. J. Carolan will be increased


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by £1 per week from the re opening of the
next season. Miss Richards, not being under
contract, will not be paid when the theatre
is closed, the meeting decided that she is
to be given a contract should she ask for
it during the next season.


It was decided to give Miss de Valois £10-
in recognition of her work for the School of
Ballet during the year ending 28th Oct. 1929
and when the school is closed for vacations
the Resident Teacher is to be paid half her
usual salary but her travelling expenses
to and from London will not in future be
paid by the Society.


Plans were submitted to the meeting for carrying
out extensive alterations to the Balcony and Stalls.
The meeting was of the opinion that these
alterations would be too costly. Mr. Wright
submitted an alternate scene for the building
out of the Centre Balcony which would allow
for approximately 32 extra seats. The meeting
decided that possibly this idea might be
carried out during the summer of 1930.



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Mr. Robinson suggested and the meeting
approved, subject to the consent of the Company,
that in future we should play from the
Tuesday night to the Sunday night.
There would be no performances by our
Company on the Monday night and the
Players would have that evening free.


The Directors decided to increase the
Property man's salary by 8/= per week and
they also decided that the Secretary's salary
should be increased by £50 per annum.


It was agreed that four new chairs should
be purchased for the office and new cups
for the Cafe.


Mr. Robinson pointed out that we were
spending £80 per year on advertising in
the weekly papers and it was decided to
discontinue these advertisements in future
from all papers published weekly.


A number of Estimates were submitted
for necessary alterations and repairs to
the theatre and for a new act drop curtain.
All the estimates were accepted with the


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exception of one for the altering of the
entrance of the scene dock to the
property room.


It was decided to open the next
season with George Shiels "Mountain
Dew".


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd. held at the
Abbey 42 Fitzwilliam Square on Friday
28th June 1929.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


The Theatre Patent was discussed and the
Secretary was instructed to communicate
with Whitney, Moore and Keller and find
out the date on which it expired. When the
Patent is renewed Mr. Robinson may have it
altered to cover productions of all plays at the
Peacock Theatre.


The following plays were accepted for
production. Gerald Brosnan's 'Dark Isle' Miss
Deevy's 'The Reapers' and Miss O'Leary's 'That Woman'


The programme for July and August was
arranged.
Week commencing 2nd July "Mountain Dew"
" " 9th " "Look at the Heffernans"


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Week commencing 16th July "Full Measure" and "Blanco"
" " 23rd " "Autumn Fire"
" " 30th " "That Woman"
" " 5th Aug "Professor Tim" and "Far-off Hills"
" " 12th " "Whiteheaded Boy" and "Ballet"
" " 20th " "John Ferguson"
" " 27th


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd held
at 42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on
Friday 23rd August 1929. at 4 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


Mr. Yeats raised the question of Agreements
for plays and the Secretary was instructed
to see that all agreements which had
lapsed, including Mr. Macnamaras were
to be renewed. An agreement is to be
procured for Lord Dunsaney's 'The Gods of the
Mountain'.


An estimate for the installation of an
automatic telephone to the Green Room,
Ballet Room and Peacock Theatre was
accepted.


The following plays were selected for
production during September and
October.


Week commencing 3rd Sept. "Paul Twyning"


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Week commencing 10th Sept. "The Woman"
" " 17th " "Hyacinth Halvey" and "Playboy"
" " 24th " "Doctor's Dilemma"
" " 1st Oct. "Mary Doyle" and "Shadow of the Glen"
" " 8th Oct. First production Mr. Robinson's play
" " 15th Oct. "Jackdaws", "Oedipus" and Ballets
" " 22nd Oct. "Gods of the Mountain and "Arms and the Man"


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
of the National Theatre Society Ltd held
at 42 Fitzwilliam Square on Wednesday
11th September 1929 at 3.15 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


The following plays were selected for
production during the next few weeks.
Sept. 17 "Juno and the Paycock"
" 24 "Rising of the Moon", "Birthright" and "Apartments"
Oct. 1 "Pipe in the Fields" & "The Courting of Mary Doyle"
" 8 "Ever the Twain"
" 15 "Jackdaw", "Oedipus" and Ballet
" 22 "Shadow of a Gunman" and "Gods of the Mountain"


An agreement between the National Theatre
Society and Mr. Sean O'Casey giving the Society the exclusive
right to produce "Juno and the Paycock" and "The Plough
and the Stars" in Dublin for twelve months was
signed by the two Directors and witnessed by the Secretary.
The Society' seal was affixed.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at
the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday
11th October at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance, J. H. Perrin, R. N. Keller, G. H. Tulloch


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were
read and signed.


Mr. Keller and Mr. Tulloch explained the position
of the Society as regards the method of applying for
a Patent for a further term of years. It was also
agreed that the present Patent held by the Society
does not cover or allow the production of plays at
the Peacock Theatre. It was agreed that Mr.
Robinson should see Mr. Blythe, the Minister of
Finance, and explain the Society's predicament to
him and to ascertain if the Government would
wish the Directors to use the channels at present
available for applying for a Patent. Mr. Keller
gave Mr. Robinson a draft letter which he
had prepared setting out fully the position
of the Society. Mr. Keller also handed to the
meeting

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a copy of the Patent.


It was decided not to send our School
of Ballet to the Civic Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
but the students of the School of Acting are
to be allowed to play there for one week as
an experiment. The probable expenses for
this week would be £35.


The following plays were selected for
production.
Oct. 14 "Ever the Twain"
22 "The Far-off Hills"
29 "Gods of the Mountain" and "Shadow of a Gunman"
Nov 4 (at Belfast) "Autumn Fire" and "The Far-off Hills"
12 "Mixed Marriage" and "Hyacinth Halvey"
19 "Oedipus the King", "Spreading the News" and Ballet
26 "Mountain Dew"
Dec. 3 "Dark Isle" (first production)
9) Cork Professor Tim, The Woman, Mixed
16) Marriage and Apartment, Far-off Hills


Walter Starkie
Dec. 16th 1929



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at the
Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Monday 16th December
1929.


Present: Lennox Robinson, Walter Starkie


The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and
signed.


The Secretary was authorised to advertise in the
Irish Tourist Association Guide to Dublin but not
in their monthly publication.


The following plays were selected for production.
Dec. 26th Juno and the Paycock
31 An Imaginary Conversation, Dark Isle, Workhouse Ward
1930 Jan. 7 The Far off Hills
14 Arms and the Man, A Night at an Inn
21 Playboy of Western World, Rising of the Moon


Walter Starkie
Feb. 24th 30



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National
Theatre Society Ltd held at the Abbey Theatre
Dublin on Monday 24th February 1930 at 12.30.


Present: Walter Starkie, Lennox Robinson


The Minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


The Directors voted the sum of £25 to the
St. Vincent de Paul Society.


It was decided to pay Miss Eileen Crowe £10
towards the amount she had to pay for special
wardrobe (£24-18-11) from 27th September 1929 to 10th January 1930.
In future she is to be paid one third of the cost of
special costumes she may have to purchase for productions
providing the purchase has been approved by the
producer.


The following plays were selected for production.
Mountain Dew"
Cathleen Ni Houlihan and Reapers
Ever the Twain
Plough and the Stars


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Never the Time and the Place & The Glorious Uncertainty
George Shiels new play
Leprevosts play and The Eloquent Dempsey


A. Gregory



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at the
Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Saturday 8th
March 1930 at 11.30 a.m.


Present: Lady Gregory, Lennox Robinson, Walter Starkie
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, U. Wright, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


Estimates for the repainting of the theatre, vestibule
and ceiling were considered and it was decided
to accept Messrs. Dolan & Sons estimate which
amounted to £215-10-6.


Mr. Robinson drew the attention of the meeting
to Martins & Ellis' lease of the premises 27 Lr. Abbey
Street. The Secretary was instructed to write to
them and ascertain what rent they would offer
for a renewal of the lease for a further term.


Messrs. Jones & Kelly's plans for the alteration of
the Balcony and Stalls were considered and it was
decided not to carry out this scheme.


Mr. Tulloch informed the meeting that


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certain dividends payable to the Society
had not been credited to the Society's
account and in view of this it would be
necessary to reorganise the keeping of
the books of the Society.



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Minutes of a Meeting of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. held at the Abbey
Theatre Dublin on Tuesday 1st April 1930
at 11.20


Present: Lady Gregory, Lennox Robinson


The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read
and signed.


The Directors Report and Statement of Accounts
for the year ending 28th February 1930 were
approved. The meeting then adjourned until
after the Annual General Meeting.


Minutes of the adjourned Meeting held after the
Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 1st
April, 1930.


It was decided to re-open for the next season
on Monday 30th June with George Shiels'
'The New Gossoon'. The theatre may be
let for one week in May leaving five
weeks to carry out painting and repairs.



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It was decided to pay salaries to Artists
during the vacation period in full as in
previous years. Mr. Carolan's salary to be
increased by £1 per week from the opening of
next season. The non-permanent members
of the staff will receive one weeks salary
in full when the theatre closes in May.


It was decided to play "The New Gossoon" and
"Peter" in Belfast and Cork for our tour
next May.


The sum of £2-10-0 was voted to Mrs. Mannix
as compensation for a coat which was
stolen from the Pit Box office.


A letter was read from Messrs. Martin and
Ellis wishing to renew their lease of the premises
27 Lr Abbey Street. The Secretary was instructed
to write and offer them an extension of six
months from next August at a rent of £125
per annum.


Mr. Shiels and Mr. Carolan are to receive £2-10-0
and 15/- each extra per week during the absence of
Mr. Robinson.


Estimates presented by Mr. Wright for new


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curtains and improvements to lighting amounting
to £30 were approved.


Walter Starkie
9 May 1930



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at the
Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Friday 9th May 1930.


Present: Lady Gregory, Walter Starkie
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


It was decided to continue the old arrangement
of starting a play on Tuesdays and finishing
on the Sunday night. Lady Gregory stated
that the Artists had approached her and
asked that this arrangement might be continued
for another few months.


The following plays were selected for
production.
June 30th "The New Gossoon"
July 7th 14 "The Plough and the Stars"
14 7 "The Lord Mayor" and "Spring"
21 21 "John Bull's Other Island"


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July 28th "Professor Tim"
Aug. 4th "Look at the Heffernans" for Tuesday
Thursday, Saturday Matinee and Sat. evening
"Playboy of the Western World" for Monday,
Wednesday and Friday evenings.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at
42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Monday
11th August 1930 at 4 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Lennox
Robinson.
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin


Mr. Robinson informed the meeting of an offer
which had been made to bring the Company
to the United States for a visit commencing in
October 1931. The Directors were in favour of this
tour and it was decided that Mr. Robinson should
write to the American agent authorising him
to make the preliminary arrangements on the
understanding that at this stage the Society
would not be bound in any way.


The suggestion of Mr. Levy to bring the Company
to London for a season this autumn was discussed
and it was decided to write to him for a
definite offer.



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The question of the appointment of an
additional Director was considered and Mr. Denis
Johnston's name was mentioned in this
connection. It was decided to postpone further
discussion until Mr. Tulloch had an opportunity
of considering the question of the Society's Articles
of Association and Dr. Starkie was consulted.


Lady Gregory proposed that Miss Sara
Allgood should be invited to come to Dublin for
a season at the Abbey Theatre and it was
decided that she should be invited to take
a part in the proposed London season and
if possibly to come back with the Company
to Dublin until after Christmas.


It was decided to purchase a geyser to
supply hot water to the dressing rooms. The
following plays were selected for production.
18th August: 'Pipe in the Fields'; 'The Shadow of a Gunman'
25th August: 'The Hour Glass' 'The Eloquent Dempsey'
1st Sept. 'Ever the Twain'
8th " 'Arms and the Man' 'A Night at an Inn' 15th Sept. 'Let the Credit Go'
22nd " 'The Doctor's Dilemma'


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at
42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Thursday
28th August 1930 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The mnutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


A letter was read from the Secretaries
of the Theatre and Cinema Association
stating that owing to the increased charges
the Irish Independent were enforcing
from the 1st of October next for advertising
in that paper the members of the Association
had decided to cease advertising in the
paper from that date. The Directors
approved of this decision and the Association
is to be requested to send us notification of
future meetings which we will attend provided
that we are not bound in any way by
the decisions which may be reached.



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It was decided to accept the offer made
for the week commencing 8th December
at the Opera House, Belfast and the 15th
December at the Opera House, Cork. The
plays for production during this tour will
be decided at the next meeting.


Agreements for the following plays
are to be renewed:- "The Lord Mayor",
"The Courting of Mary Doyle", "The Glorious
Uncertainty", "Look at the Heffernans"
"Birthright", "Autumn Fire" and "Maurice
Harte"


Mr. Tulloch's letter with suggestions for
redistribution of shares and the alterations
which will be necessary to the Articles of
Association in the event of the appointment
of an additional Director, was read to the
meeting.


Suggestions were made for the improvement
of the School of Acting but no definite
decision was reached.


The following plays were selected for
production.


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"The Hour Glass" and "The Eloquent Dempsey"
"A Night at the Inn", "Arms and the Man"
"Ever the Twain"
"Let the Credit Go"
"Juno and the Paycock"
"Peter"


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd held at
42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Tuesday
21st October 1930 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
Walter Starkie.
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


It was decided that the theatre should become
a member of the Theatre and Cinema
Association. The subscription for the year
being £10-10-0.


A letter was read from the Secretary of
the Literary Committee Aonach Taibheann
suggesting that dramatic societies attending
for the Competitions in 1931 should be admitted
to the theatre at a reduced rate. The letter
suggested a reduction of 50%. The Directors
agreed that a reduction of 15% should be
allowed. The Secretary is to point out when


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writing to the committee that as we always
play to full houses during August
this reduction will mean a loss to the
theatre.


It was reported that Mr. O'Casey would
not renew agreements for his plays but
was prepared to allow production of
"Juno and the Paycock" at a fee of £5
per performance. Mr. O'Casey is to be
written to and informed that the Directors
do not like to depart from the present
arrangement, which was drawn up by Mr.
Granville Barker many years ago and
had the approval of Mr. Shaw. They will
be prepared to pay the fee if he insists.


"The Big House" and "The New Gossoon"
was arranged for the Belfast week and
"Let the Credit Go" and "The New Gossoon"
for Cork.


The programme could not be arranged
for the next few weeks until we knew if
Mr. Barry Fitzgerald would return. The
following plays were suggested. "Professor Tim"


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"Look at the Heffernans" Mr. Yeats' new
play and "Fanny's First Play". The
new Guinan play if accepted after
reading by Dr. Starkie.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting held at 42
Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on
Thursday 23rd October 1930.


Present: W. B. Yeats (in the chair) Walter
Starkie, Lennox Robinson.
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch.


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


Contracts for a proposed tour of the
Company in America in 1931-32 were
considered and accepted subject to the
following amendments:
That Mr. Alber pays authors.
We do not pay the salary of advance manager.
We do not pay sleeper charges over 3 dollars
a night.
We take, on tour, 50% over 6,000 dollars.
We take, in theatres, 25% over 8,000 dollars.
Receipts, on tour, to be submitted to us.
Mr. Robinson's budget was agreed to
and it was agreed that permanent


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members of the company should be
given a third of the profits (if any)
of the tour.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society, Ltd. held
at 42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Friday
28th November 1930 at 3 p.m.


Present: W. B. Yeats (in the chair) Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The renewal of the Theatre Patent was considered.
The correspondence between Mr. Robinson and
Mr. Blythe was read. It was decided that
Mr. Robinson should interview Mr. Blythe.


Miss Craig is to be given £5-5-0 as
she is neither playing nor rehearsing for the
weeks before Christmas.


It was decided to play in Ballymena
for the week commencing 8th February 1931.
"Juno and the Paycock" was arranged for
St. Stephens Day and the following nights
to the 3rd January. "The Critic" is to
follow "Juno and the Paycock".


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd. held at 42
Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Friday 6.12.30.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


The Secretary was instructed to write to Mr.
Sean O'Casey for permission to produce "The
Plough and the Stars".


The following plays were selected for
production:
Paul Twyning Week commencing 19th Jan. Plough and the Stars " " 26th Jan. The Master " " 3rd Feb. The Rune of Healing " " 9th Feb. John Ferguson " " 16th Feb. White Blackbird " " 23rd Feb. Emperor Jones " " 2nd March Money " " 9th March


It was decided that the Company would


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play through the month of June. The
theatre to be closed for three weeks previous to
Easter for part of the vacations.


W. B. Yeats
Feb 20



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd held at
42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Friday
February 20th 1931.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson - R. N. Keller in attendance


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


Mr. Keller submitted the Memorial of Lady
Gregory and the National Theatre Society Ltd.
addressed to his Excellency The Governor-General
and The Executive Council Saorstat Eireann, the
Prayer which was as follows:-
"That your Excellency and Executive Council
may be pleased to grant to your Memorialists
the National Theatre Society Limited a
Patent under the provisions of said Act of the
26th Jes. III. Chap. 57: entitled an Act for
regulating the Stage in the City and County
of Dublin for a term of twenty years to
enable your memorialists to the National Theatre
Society Ltd. to establish and keep at the
premises referred to above (comprising the
Abbey Theatre and Peacock Theatre a well


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regulated Theatre or Theatres and therein at
all times publically to act represent or perform
or cause to be acted represented or performed
any interlude, tragedy, comedy, prelude, opera,
burletta, play, farce or pantomime or any
act scene or part therein such performances
to be limited in the case of performances in
the Abbey Theatre to plays written by Irish
Authors and plays by Authors of any
nationality on Irish Subjects and plays by
Foreign Authors (the words "Foreign Authors" not
to include English Authors) and English Plays
written prior to the year 1830 except that
performers other than the National Theatre Society
Limited performing in the Abbey Theatre shall in
addition be entitled in any one year to give up
to a maximum of one hundred performances of
other dramatic works not coming within the
limitations aforesaid and Your Memorialists will
ever pray".
The Memorial and Prayer were approved. On the
motion of W. B. Yeats seconded by Lennox Robinson.
It was resolved that the Seal of the Society should
be

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affixed to the Memorial and the Seal was
accordingly affixed in the presence of W. B.
Yeats and Lennox Robinson who signed
as Directors.


The Memorial was handed to Mr. Keller with
instructions to obtain the signature of Lady
Gregory and forward the Memorial to the
Executive Council.


W. B. Yeats
16/3/1931



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at
42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Monday
16th March 1931


Present: W. B. Yeats, Lennox Robinson
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous meeting were read
and signed.


A letter was read from Mr. Michael Scott
requesting that the Directors should give
a performance of one or two plays at the
Mansion House in June during the week of
the Conference of the Society of Architects. It
was decided to give this performance and the fee
to be charged £30.


The following plays were selected for
production.
Week commencing 13th April: "Ann Kavanagh" & "The Eloquent Dempsey"
" " 20th April "The New Gossoon"
" " 27th April Denis Johnston's new play
" "4th May "Professor Tim"


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Week commencing 11th May. "Meadowsweet" and "The Critic"
" " 18th " "General Bashville"
"Oedipus the King" and "Hyacinth Halvey" was
arranged for the Frank Fay Memorial Fund
on Sunday 10th May 1931.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of
the National Theatre Society Ltd held
at 42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on Monday
11th May at 3 p.m.


Present: Lady Gregory, W. B. Yeats, Walter
Starkie, Lennox Robinson.
In Attendance: G. H. Tulloch, J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


The Secretary was reprimanded for
neglecting to send the Annual Accounts
and weekly statements to the Directors.


It was arranged to produce "The Workhouse
Ward" at the Mansion House on the 17th
for the Royal Institute of British
Architects. The fee payable to the theatre
being £15.


The question of advertising in the Irish
Independent was raised and Dr. Starkie
suggested that he should put our case before


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Dr. Murphy. This was agreed to.


It was decided that the Company should
remain in Belfast for a second week
if the week of the 25th May should become
vacant in Belfast.


Mr. Hayward is to have permission
to produce "Cartney and Kevney" at the
Abbey Theatre for one week.


A letter was read from Miss Allgood
but as no definite arrangements have, as yet
been made for the autumn no decision
was arrived at.


The date of the Annual General Meeting
was fixed for Wednesday 17th June at
the theatre at 3 p.m.


It was decided to postpone the question of
subscribing to the funds of the Eucharistic
Congress until we knew what the others
Theatres were doing.


and it was agreed that unless his conduct of
business between this date and the end of the financial
year had very much improved his engagement


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with the society should terminate.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
held at the Abbey Theatre on


Present: W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie,
Lennox Robinson.
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The minutes of the previous meeting were
read and signed.


The list of plays submitted to the meeting
by Lennox Robinson was approved.


It was decided to offer a prize of £50 in
addition to the usual royalties for the best
play submitted in three or more acts. Plays
to be sent in under a nom de plume and
not later than the 31st December 1931. Mr.
Armstrong and Mr. Browne were suggested as
judges and Mr. Robinson is to write and
find out if they are willing to act. When
the judges are appointed the offer will be
made public.


Authors contracts are to be altered so that


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Amateur Societies will be prevented from
producing plays belonging to the Society
in the County of Dublin. The contracts
at present in force enable authors to give
permission to these Societies for producing
their plays anywhere outside the boundaries
of the City of Dublin.


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the
National Theatre Society Ltd held at the
Abbey Theatre on Tuesday 17th June 1931 at 11.30.


Present: W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie, Lennox
Robinson.
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin, G. H. Tulloch


The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and signed.


Mr. Robinson proposed that the
second Company should play for the
last week in each month, and it
was decided to carry out this proposal.
The plays to be produced to be arranged
by the Directors.


It was agreed that Mr. Wright
should act as manager during the absence
of the Company in America at a salary of
£7 per week.


An estimate for new carpets was
accepted.


The following plays were selected for


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production.
Week ending 3rd Aug. "Plough and the Stars" for three
nights and "The Whiteheaded Boy" and "Rising of the
Moon" for the remaining three nights and Saturday
Matinee.
Week ending 11th Aug. "The New Gossoon"
" " 17th Aug. "Let the Credit Go"
" " 24th Aug. "The Admirable Bashville" and
Cathleen Ni Houlihan and the first production of
"A Disciple"
Week ending 31st Aug. "John Ferguson"
Week ending 7th Sept. "Professor Tim"


W. B. Yeats



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Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors
held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
on Saturday 18th 1932


Present: W. B. Yeats, Walter Starkie.
In Attendance: J. H. Perrin


The Minutes of the previous Meeting
were read and signed.


It was decided to produce "Family
Failing" during the week commencing
25th February. The production to be
under the care of Mr. Wright.


W. B. Yeats



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Flat A
118 Lr. Baggot St. Dublin
10th June 1931


The Directors
Abbey Theatre


Dear Lady Gregory, and Gentlemen
I would greatly appreciate
if you could see your way to
increase my salary, in view of the
fact that for the next seven
months there will be very little
chance, if any to augment my
salary by odd weeks of acting,
and of my old connection with the
theatre who's interests I have always
looked to.
I am


Yours Very Sincerely Udolphus Wright
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