<> Boyd013 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 1953 Oct 9th Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd013 Letter Election, The Critics English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd013 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd013_3.jpg LHL Archive 9th October 1953 Dear St.John, I enclose a copy of Mrs.Martin's Man: If you want another one I can provide vou with it. I Have already given Goldblatt one for the Group Theatre. He has read It but still seems unsure what to do. I think he and McCandless are wondering whether to put Mrs.Martin's Man or Martha on at Christmas. All I can extract from him is that he will give the plays good dates - either Christmas or Easter. He told me that- he had promised you that too. He seems to be of the opinion that Mrs.Martin's tan is a bit stark for Christmas audiences - not enough laughs: so possibly Martha may be lighter. 1 don't mind what happens so long as we get a reasonably good date. The Election will soon be upon us here, but the prospect of it bores me, seeing that the result is in no doubt, and all the speeches are the same. How are things with you? I suppose you are as busy as ever. George Buchanan very kindly sent me some of your old Observer articles: they read as freshly as the day on which they were published. Leonora is right, you must publish them soon. Surely it wouldn't be so very much work. Couldn't she do the editing? I am just now reading a very good book indeed, called Playwright At Work by John van Druten. The Arts Theatre is just about to produce Joe's play Down The Heather Glen, which I will be going to see next week. I run a programne called "The Arts in Ulster” which covers the theatre, Art Exhibitions etc'., it is really a crib of The Critics. Ihis is the only criticism of any value we have here, and sometimes it is not bat at all. My trouble usually is getting a good dramatic critic. I will tell you when Goldblatt reaches a decision. Any luck with Esperanza yet? Ever, Dr.St.John Ervlne, Honey Ditches, Seaton, Devon. Text