Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1936 - 1937

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Minute Book
25th January 1936
To
1st September 1937



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25th Janry. 1936
Meeting of the Directors of the National Theatre Society Ltd. held at the
Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday 25th January 1936 at 5.30 p.m.


Present
Dr. Richard Hayes in the chair, Mr Lennox Robinson, Senator E. Blythe
Mr F. R. Higgins, Mr Frank O'Connor.


Minutes.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read, confirmed and signed.


Finance.
The Secretary reported that the Bank overdraft was £1661-5-10.


Letter from Craig Gardner.
A letter was read from Messrs. Craig Gardner & Co. enclosing copies of the
Statement of Accounts for the quarter ending 30th Nov. 1935 and
suggesting that if the outstanding debt of £30 due by Mr Coleman
Forbes was not paid before the 29th February it might be well to
write it off.


Letter from Messrs. Whitney, Moore and Keller.
The following letter was read from Messrs. Whitney, Moore and Keller.


46 Kildare Street
Dublin, C.17
23rd January 1936


Dear Mr Gorman


In reply to your letter of the 20th inst. I note
that I need not proceed further with the issue of shares
to the new Directors as the Board had decided that all
further legal business of the Society shall be conducted
by another firm of Solicitors.


Please convey to the Directors my appreciation
of their kind expressions in reference to my services
during the many years I have been acting for the Society.



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I am crossing to London tonight but I have left
word for the Society's documents to be got together so
that they may be sent to you as soon as possible and I
have also put my firm's Account in hands.


May I add that the Society's solicitors may look
to us if they should require any documents or information
which we can give them?


I also wish to thank you personally for your
courtesy and consideration at all times.


[R. A.] Keller


Eric Gorman Esq.,
Secretary,
The National Theatre Society Ltd.,
Abbey Theatre,
Dublin C.8


Letter from Arthur Cox & Co.
A letter was read from Messrs. Arthur Cox & Co. setting out the procedure
to be adopted in connection with the business of allocating shares to
Senator Blythe, Mr Higgins and Mr O'Donovan (?) Mr O'Connor. Messrs.
Cox's letter also contained suggestions for the amendment of the
Articles of Association but the Board decided that consideration
of these suggestions be postponed until the allocation of the shares
had been completed.


Allotment of shares to Senator Blythe, Mr Higgins and Mr O'Donovan.
In the discussion of the following matter, Senator Blythe, Mr Higgins
and Mr O'Donovan took no part, declaring that they were personally
interested.


The Directors had under consideration the desirability of
allotting shares to Senator Blythe, Mr Higgins and Mr O'Donovan, in
consideration of their past services and of the future services that
they would render to the Company; and it having been ascertained that


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Mr Yeats, Mr Robinson and Dr. Starkie had no objection to such allotments
being made, the following resolution proposed by Dr. Richard Hayes
and seconded by Mr Lennox Robinson was passed:-
"That the seal of the Company be affixed to the Agreement already
prepared between the Company and Senator Blythe, Mr Higgins and
Mr O'Donovan respectively providing for the allotment to each
of these three Gentlemen in consideration of past and future
services of one hundred fully paid Ordinary Shares in the
Capital of the Company, and application for such
allotments having been received from each of them, it is hereby
resolved that one hundred fully paid shares in the Capital
of the Company Numbers 391 to 490 inclusive, be and the same
are hereby allotted to Senator Ernest Blythe in pursuance of the terms
of the said agreement; and that one hundred fully paid shares in
the Capital of the Company Numbers 491 to 590 inclusive, be and
the same are hereby allotted to Frederick Robert Higgins in
pursuance of the terms of the said agreement; and that one
hundred fully paid shares in the Capital of the Company
Numbers 591 to 690 inclusive, be and the same are hereby allotted
to Michael O'Donovan in pursuance of the terms of the said agreement."


Mr Hunt's Report.
Mr Hunt reported that Mr J. Stephenson had broken his arm on
Tuesday night and as business with "Coriolanus" had been very
bad for the two nights the play was taken off and "Paul Twyning"
substituted. Mr Hunt suggested that Mr Jarman might be paid
half-salary for the week and the Board agreed.


Mr Hunt also reported that Miss Crowe objected to the salary paid to her
for playing four nights in the week claiming that she should be


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paid full salary as had been the custom. The salary she had received
was £6-5-0 made up of 2 nights at £3-15-0 per week and 4 nights at
£7-10-0 per week, and the Board decided that this was correct.
Mr Hunt said that Miss Mackey from the School of Art who was assisting
Miss Moiseiwitsch was not specially interested in costume and scene designing
or in scene painting and he suggested that if it were possible it
would be advisable to procure another student who was interested
in this work and who might eventually take Miss Moiseiwitsch's
place as a permanent designer and painter.


The Board suggested that Mr Hunt get in touch with Mr George
Atkinson with a view to obtaining a suitable person.


It was decided after some discussion that the bills to follow the
Macnamara should be:- Febry 10th Mountain Dew or Insurance Money
Febry 17th The Plough and the Stars
Febry 24th Boyd's Shop (St. J. G. Ervine)


Theatre Free List
Mr O'Connor raised the question of the free list and complained
that passes issued to exhibitors of Box Office Cards did not appear to
reach the people entitled to them. After some discussion it was
decided that the list of people receiving free seats should be
circulated among the Directors and that in future applications
from others who might consider themselves entitled to free seats
must be made in writing with a stamped addressed envelope for
a reply.


Directors to meet players.
It was decided that as the losses during the last quarter had been
heavy and as the financial position of the Theatre was not good, it
would be well if the contract players were made aware of the position,
so that a frank discussion could take place and any complaints


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which the players might have could be heard. Senator Blythe and
Mr Higgins were deputed to meet the Contract Players on Wednesday
29th Janry. at 1 p.m.


Improving Finances.
Mr Higgins referred to the suggested meeting of the Directors
on Monday 27th Janry. to enquire into all the causes of expenditure
and the questions of future productions.
The Secretary had reported that as he was playing in Paul Twyning
he could not attend at the hour fixed 8 p.m., and Mr Higgins
considered that the discussion of future plays that had taken
place during the present meeting, made the special meeting on
Monday unnecessary. He said that whatever economies could
be made would be very small and that the main consideration
should be plays that would bring in a good return. Mr Higgins
considered that three popular plays of a profit making type
should be put on with the fourth week dedicated to a new
play. In this way it would be possible to produce one new
play a month which might or might not be financially
successful, without incurring any loss to the Theatre.


Ernest Blythe
31/1/36



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31st Janry 1936
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Theatre Society Ltd.
held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 31st January 1936


Present
Senator E. Blythe in the chair, Mr F. R. Higgins.


Minutes.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read, confirmed and signed.


Finance.
The Secretary reported that the Bank Overdraft was £1721-13-10.
Arriving out of the question of finance Mr Higgins enquired if it
would be advisable to approach the Government with a view to
getting an increase in the subsidy. Senator Blythe was of the
opinion that the matter might be discussed by the Board when
Dr. Hayes was present as he would be the Director most
suitable to sound the Government & Minister of Finance
on the subject.


Larchet Presentation Fund.
A letter was read from Mr George Shields enclosing £1-1-0 which
he wished should be accepted as a contribution from him
to the Larchet Presentation Fund.
Mr Higgins stated that he had learned that Dr. Larchet had arranged
with Dr. Sean O'Sullivan for the payment by him (Dr. Larchet)
to Mr O'Sullivan of the difference between the £60 payable by
the Theatre and the charge made for the portrait. It was
Dr. Larchet's intention to write to the Directors stating
that the difference was being made up by a private subscription.


Mr St. J. Ervine.
The Board accepted the amendments made by Mr St John Ervine
in the contract for his play "Boyd's Shop".


Meeting of Sub-Committee and Players.
Senator Blythe reported that Mr Higgins and himself had met
the Contract Players on the 29th Janry and had explained to them the
financial position and the policy of the Board regarding


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productions. The meeting had been very amiable and at its
conclusion the Players had thanked the Directors for having
met them in this way. The Board were of the opinion that
this meeting had been very useful and that it would
materially help in the smooth running of the Theatre.


Mr Hunt.
Mr Hunt reported he had received a letter from Miss Deevy
complaining about the postponement of her new play.
Mr Hunt explained that for financial reasons it was
considered advisable to put on the new Ervine play as
soon as possible and that he would write to Miss Deevy
explaining the position to her.


Mr Hunt also reported that there was no script of
"Insurance Money" in the Theatre and no record of what
had become of it. As the Author, Geo. Shiels had not
a script either, the play could not be done at present
and it was proposed to put on "Mountain Dew" instead.
Mr Hunt then mentioned a play "Pepe Pedagogue" by G.
Meredith which had been submitted for consideration.
He said it was a very experimental play and he would not
suggest that it be put on for a week but he did suggest that
it might be possible to rehearse it in the evening and
give it a special performance on a Sunday night in order to
try it out. The Directors decided that they would read it
without delay.


Ernest Blythe
7/2/36



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Repeat of page 10



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7th Febry 1936
Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Theatre
Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday,
7th February 1936 at 5.30 p.m.


Present
Senator E. Blythe in the chair, Mr Lennox Robinson, Dr. Richard
Hayes, Mr F. R. Higgins.


Minutes.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read, confirmed and signed.


Finance.
The Secretary reported that the Bank Overdraft was £1647-10-0.


P. M. Selby re Belfast & Cork.
A letter was read from P. M. Selby offering the following terms:-
Belfast 45% up to £700 gross; 50% if over £700
Cork 55% up to £600 gross; 60% if over £600.
The Board reluctantly decided to accept these terms for the next visit of
the Company to these cities.


Mrs. McSwiggan.
A letter was read from Mrs. McSwiggan enquiring if it was permissible for
an author to know the personnel of the Reading Committee before sending a
play to the Theatre for consideration. The Board decided that it was not
permissible.


Messrs. James O'Connor & Co. re Torch Theatre Patent.
A letter was read from Messrs. James O'Connor & Co., Solicitors enquiring if
the Directors had any objection to raise to the granting of Letters Patent
to the Lessees of the Torch Theatre, Capel Street, Dublin. The Board
decided that they had no objection.


Sean O'Sullivan re Larchet Portrait.
A letter was read from Mr Sean O'Sullivan stating he was proceeding
with the portrait of Dr. Larchet, size 46" x 36". The price of the portrait
would be £80, of which the Abbey Theatre would contribute £60, the balance
being provided by private subscription. The board decided that no action need be taken on the matter.


Cox. & Co. re Whytes.
A letter was read from Messrs. Cox & Co. Solicitors enclosing a copy of
a letter written by Messrs. Hayes & Sons, Solicitors, stating that Messrs. Whyte


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were not prepared to accept less than £8000 for their premises in
Marlborough Street, and that they would be willing to allow £4000 to
remain outstanding as a first mortgage of the property at 5%.
The Secretary reported that at Mr Cox's request he had interviewed
Mr Cox regarding the matter. Mr Cox had pointed out that if the
£8000 were borrowed from the Bank at 5% the yearly cost of the
premises including rates, repairs, insurance and ground rent
would be about £565. Against this sum there would be a saving
of £100 rent at present paid to Whytes for the Basement and
whatever sum would be saved by having additional space
that would allow work to be done in Theatre which is at
present sent out, scene building etc. Mr Cox considered
that borrowing the £800 from the Bank would place the
Theatre entirely at the mercy of the Bank and that the position
was very difficult as it would be very unwise to allow the
property to be acquired by an outside party.


The Directors considered the matter and decided that
Messrs. Whyte be asked to give permission for an inspection
of the premises on Friday 21st February at 4.30 p.m. and
that Mr Ml. Scott be asked to join the Directors in their
inspection.


Mr Robinson said he was aware that the Royal Hibernian
Academy are definitely endeavouring to get premises
and that it might be possible for the Theatre and the Academy
to co-operate regarding Whytes. He said he would see Mr Dermot
O'Brien and enquire from him.


The Board decided that the matter be left over until Friday 21st.



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Mr Hunt's Report.
Mr Hunt reported he had had a further letter from Miss Deevy asking
if the date of the production of her new play could be changed, as the date
fixed would not be suitable to her. Mr Hunt said to alter the date would
upset the present scheme of productions and the Board agreed with
this view.


Mr Hunt also reported that Mr Cyril Cusack had been offered a
part in a film in London. If Mr Cusack accepted the offer the
Theatre would have no actor to play young man parts, and Mr Hunt
enquired if the Board would think it worthwhile to offer Mr Cusack a
short contract at a small salary. After some discussion it
was decided not to offer a contract.


Mr Hunt pointed out that the problem of obtaining young actors and actresses
for the Theatre was a very serious one. The School of Acting did not
appear to have any people who would be useful and it seemed
that no benefit would accrue to the Theatre from the School as
at present now.


After some discussion it was decided that Miss Mooney be
asked to come to the next Board meeting so that the matter
could be gone into fully with her.


Painting the Balcony.
The Board decided that Mr Ml. Scott be asked what his views
are regarding the painting of the new plaster work on the Balcony.


Ernest Blythe
14/2/36



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14th Febry 1936.
Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of the National
Theatre Society Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday,
14th February 1936 at 5.30 p.m.


Present
Senator E. Blythe in the chair, Dr. Richard Hayes, Mr F. R. Higgins
Mr Frank O'Connor.


Minutes.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read, confirmed and signed.


Finance.
The Secretary reported that the Bank Overdraft was
£2025-3-10. He stated that on the 27th September 1934 the
Board had passed a resolution sanctioning the application
for an overdraft to the extent of £2,200 pa. As the
overdraft was now approaching this figure, the manager
of the O'Connell St. Branch of the Munster & Leinster Bank was
applying to his Directors for a renewal of the overdraft
of this amount and was also informing them that
an application for a large sum might be received
at a later date.


The Secretary informed the board that the Government
Subsidy of £1000 would be payable in March and
would probably be received about the middle of that
month.


Issue of Share Certificates.
The following resolution was proposed by Dr. Richard Hayes,
seconded by Mr Frank O'Connor and passed.
"That in accordance with the resolution passed at a
meeting of the Board held on the 24th January 1936, the Seal
of the Company be offered to the following Share Certificates:-
Number 15. One hundred shares of £1 each numbered 391


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to 490 inclusive to Senator Ernest Blythe.
Number 16. One hundred shares of £1 each, numbered 491 to 590
inclusive, to Fredrick Robert Higgins.
Number 17. One hundred shares of £1 each numbered 591 to 690
inclusive, to Michael O'Donovan.


This resolution was passed after the Share Certificates had
been submitted, examined and passed. They were then
sealed, signed and agreed to be issued.


Lr. from Mr Shields.
A letter was read from Mr Arthur Shields stating he had recovered
from his run-down condition and that he was ready at any time to
resume his position as Assistant Producer. The Board decided
that no change be made at present and that the matter be considered
at a later date.


Miss Deevy.
A letter was read from Miss Tessa Deevy complaining that owing to the post-
ponement of the production of her play "Katie Roche", the play would now
be produced during Lent, the worst part of the year. Miss Deevy asked for
a promise that the play would be
revived at a later date and that it was also proposed to revive her play
"Temporal Powers".


Mr Ml. Scott: Letter.
A letter was read from Mr Ml. Scott, Architect, offering two suggestions for
the decoration of the new plaster work in the Balcony (1) painting it
a cream colour to match the walls of the auditorium (2) inviting
students of the School of Art to compete by submitting designs for treating
the Balcony with murals of a suitable nature.
Mr Scott also stated he was still endeavouring to reach an
agreement with the Corporation Authorities as to a satisfactory


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method of providing safe dressing room accommodation in case of
fire and also a safe exit from the dressing room.


The Board decided that with reference to the Balcony, Mr Hunt should
consult Mr Atkinson regarding the postponed competition by School of
Art students, and that with reference to the dressing rooms and
cafe exit, further news from Mr Scott should be awaited.


Miss Crowe's appeal against change of cast in Plough and the Stars.
The Board considered the appeal by Miss Crowe against her
being taken out of the part of Nora Clitheroe in "The Plough and the Stars".
The Chairman said he was against interviewing the Players regarding
the casting of plays as it would create difficulties if it were
decided to re-cast old plays. On the basis of the information
at their disposal the Board had selected Miss Richards for
the part of Nora Clitheroe, as she was considered better than
Miss Crowe.


Mr Higgins said it appeared that Miss Richards used the Theatre
when it suited her and that under the circumstances such as that it
was unfair to the established players that work should be given to
others. It also appeared that Miss Richards was anxious to
play the part owing to the fact that a casting Director of a Film
Company was likely to see the play during the week, and
that she had canvassed with this in view.


After some discussion it was decided on the motion
of Mr O'Connor seconded by Mr Higgins that Miss Crowe be
restored to the part.


Miss Crowe was then interviewed and was informed by the
Chairman that she was to play Nora Clitheroe, that Miss
Richards had been selected for the part as she was considered


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better suited to it, but that as Miss Richards had canvassed for
the part it wouldn't be given to her, as the Board could not
operate if canvassing by the Players were allowed.


The Board reserved the right, as a matter of principle, to change
the cast of any play and any judgement they might give, would
only be given in the best interests of the Theatre:
Miss Crowe thanked the Board and withdrew.


It was decided that in future any complaints from the Players
to the Board should be in writing.


School of Acting.
Miss Ria Mooney having been called before the Board, Mr Hunt
submitted the outline of a scheme for the re-organisation of
the School of Acting. He pointed out that the function of the School
was to supply new talent to the Theatre, that there was a necessity
for closer relationship between the School and the Theatre and
that under the present system many of the pupils being trained
would be of no use to the Theatre. Mr Hunt went on to explain
his proposed scheme of training under the headings Theory of
Acting, Practise of Acting and special classes for juvenile leads.
After some discussion it was decided on the proposal of Mr
O'Connor seconded by Mr Higgins that the general principle
of the scheme be adopted. It was also decided that the scheme
could not be put into operation until after the end of the present
session of the school and that in the meantime Mr Hunt should
consult Miss Sara Payne as to the possibility of her giving the pupils
lessons in Rhythmical movement as part of the new scheme.


Mr Hunt's Report.
Mr Hunt suggested "The End of the Beginning" a one act play by Sean
O'Casey for production. Decision on this was postponed until the


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next meeting of the Board.
The Far-off Hills was selected for the week commencing 2nd March, the bill for the
week commencing 9th March to be decided at the next meeting, and
"Katie Roche" to be produced on the 16th March.


Play Competition.
During the absence of Dr. Starkie the plays sent to him had
not been read and it was decided that these should be
divided among the Directors available in Dublin.


Bar in the Pit Cafe.
Mr Higgins referred to the possibility of using the Pit Cafe
as a bar and a resolution proposed by Mr Higgins and
seconded by Mr O'Connor was passed "That Messrs. Cox & Co.
Solicitors, be instructed to take whatever steps are necessary
for having a Bar in the Pit Cafe".


Lennox Robinson
21st February 1936



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21st Febry 1936.
Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National Theatre Society
Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin at 5.30 p.m. on Friday
21st February 1936


Present
Mr Lennox Robinson in the chair, Dr. Richard Hayes, Senator E.
Blythe, Mr F. R. Higgins, Mr Frank O'Connor.


Minutes.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read, confirmed and signed.


Finance.
The Secretary reported that the Bank Overdraft was
£1969-5-6.


Lr from Carmelite Fathers
In reply to a letter from the Carmelite Fathers the Board decided there
was no objection to another performance of "Professor Tim" to be given
in the hall attached to the church in Whitefriars Street, Dublin.


Lr from Miss Kelly
In reply to a letter from Miss Muriel Kelly, Abbey School of Ballet, the
Board decided that she should arrange with Mr Hunt for a
Saturday afternoon in April for the performance by her pupils in
the Theatre as on some Saturdays the Theatre would not be free
owing to dress rehearsals.


Lr from Miss Deevy.
A letter was read from Miss Deevy thanking the Directors for informing her that
her play "Katie Roche" will be revived and also that it was proposed
to revive "Temporal Powers".


Lr from Miss Shelagh Richards.
A letter was read from Miss Richards complaining about her being taken out
of the cast of "The Plough and the Stars". It was decided that the letter be
acknowledged and Miss Richards informed that it had been laid before
the Directors.


Lr from Mrs Grace Plunkett.
A letter was read from Mrs. Grace Plunkett declining to do drawings for the
Abbey as she had done similar work for the Gate Theatre and had not been
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Letter from Miss Ria Mooney.
A letter was read from Miss Ria Mooney complaining that she was getting
very few parts in the Theatre and that her remuneration from the
School of Acting was not sufficient to justify her continuing
her work there, and suggesting that the Directors might consider
some one else for the next session. Miss Mooney also complained
that she had not been cast for the part of Rosie Redmond in the
current production of "The Plough and the Stars" altho' she had
been in the original cast.


Mr Hunt said he had cast Miss Mooney whenever possible and
after some discussion it was decided that he should suggest to
Mr Dolan that Miss Mooney should be employed when
possible.


Whytes Premises.
Mr Ml. Scott, Architect, was interviewed by the Board and said
he had examined Whytes premises. The building was perfectly
sound, walls and roof in good condition. The floors could be
taken out without any difficulty. He suggested that the
frontage on Abbey St. and portion of the Marlborough St. frontage
could be converted into shops. He considered that £8000
the price asked by Whytes was a fair price and that the
value of the site would increase.


It was decided that Mr Scott should see the Directors again
on Friday, 28th Febry. and that he should submit a sketch of
his proposals re shops. It was also decided that Messrs. Cox
be asked to endeavour to get Messrs. Whyte to reduce their price.


O'Casey play.
It was decided that "The End of the Beginning" a one act play
by Sean O'Casey be produced at some later date.


The following bills were arranged:-


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Bills.
9th March "Autumn Fire" - Murray
23rd March "On the Rocks" - Shaw
30th March "Look at the Heffernans" - Macnamara.
11th April "The Passing Day" - Shiels.


Mervyn Wall's play.
The Board considered the question of producing "The Pheonix and the
Cockatoos" by Mervyn Wall. Mr Hunt reported that he had
met Mr Wall who was not very anxious that this play should
be produced.


The Chairman said that both Mr Yeats and he himself had
liked the play and that if it was decided not to produce
it the author should be encouraged and asked to
try another play. It was agreed that the play be not
produced and that Mr Hunt should see the author
and encourage him to write another play and submit.


Play Competition.
It was decided that Mr Rutherford Mayne and Mr Sean
O'Faolain be invited to act as final adjudicators
in the Play Competition, the proposal being that
three plays be submitted to them for final consideration.


Articles of Asociation.
It was decided that the amendments to the Articles of
Association suggested by Mr Arthur Cox should be
circulated among the Directors with a view to further
consideration at the next meeting.


Mr Hunt's report.
Mr Hunt reported that with reference to the decoration of the
Balcony, Mr Atkinson was not in favour of a Students
Competition for mural designs. He considered that
such a competition would not be good for the students.


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He suggested that Miss McKay be instructed to submit designs.
Mr Hunt said that he had asked Miss McKay to submit two
designs which were not to cost more than £20 each to
carry out.


Mr Hunt also reported that as Miss Richards could not play
in "Boyd's Shop" he had given the part to Miss Mulhern.


He enquired as to the possibility of producing a verse play
in the Peacock doing it as cheaply as possible and
using as many evening people as were available.
The Board approved of the idea and suggested that as an
alternative an experimental play might be produced in
the Abbey on a Sunday night. The matter could be considered
further at the next meeting.


Mr Hunt submitted the cast of "Katie Roche" which was
passed as amended by the Board.


Ash Wednesday.
The Board decided that the Players be paid for Ash
Wednesday, the Theatre being closed on that night.


Walter Starkie



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28th Febry 1936.
Minutes of a Meeting of the Directors of the National Theatre Society
Ltd. held at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Friday 28th February 1936 at
5.30 p.m.


Present
Dr. Walter Starkie in the chair, Mr Lennox Robinson, Dr.
Richard Hayes, Senator E. Blythe, Mr F. R. Higgins, Mr Frank O'Connor.


Minutes.
The Minutes of the last Meeting were read, confirmed and signed.


Finance.
The Secretary reported that the Bank Overdraft was £1821-2-0


Correspondence Jewish Dramatic Society.
A letter was read from the Dublin Jewish Dramatic Society asking
the Directors to reconsider their decision not to let the Abbey Theatre
to them for a Sunday evening performance. After some discussion
it was proposed by Frank O'Connor seconded by Mr F. R. Higgins
"That the Board adhere to their decision not to let the Abbey Theatre
for Sunday performances." This was passed, Mr Robinson
dissenting.


Messrs. [Fanpiere] Ltd.
A letter was read from Messrs. [Fanpiere] Ltd. London enquiring if the
Directors would consider a tour in Scotland or in England, and
enquiring what plays would be likely to be done. It was
decided that Mr Hunt should obtain further information
from the writers with details as to the terms etc.


R.K.O. Film Corpn.
A letter was read from the London Agent of R.K.O. Film
Corporation stating that she was coming to Dublin and was anxious to
discuss with the Manager of the Theatre the possibility of obtaining
the services of Miss Eileen Crowe, Mr Barry Fitzgerald, Mr F. J.
McCormick & Mr Arthur Shields for a film production of
"The Plough and the Stars" to be made in Hollywood.


Mr Hunt reported that he had interviewed Miss [Reisa], the Agent,
and that the main proposals were:- That the production of the film


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should commence on the 1st July next and that it would take about six
weeks. The Players would in consequence be away from Dublin about
t