<> Boyd074 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 1976 Jan 22nd Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd074 Letter Brian Friel, Joseph Tomelty, Louis MacNeice English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd074 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd074_1.jpg LHL Archive 22nd January 1976 Professor John Braidwood, Department of English, The Queen’s University, Belfast 9. Dear John, I don’t really tnink I'm the best person to help with your citation for Harold Goldblatt, but I'll do what I can. I've never been a close personal friend of his, though I've known him professionally for many years. He was one of the three founders of the Ulster Group Theatre. Rhe other two being James Mageean (BBC Drama producer) and Robert McCandless (one of Ulster's outstanding actors). H.G. was not only an administrator, he was also a director (to use the modern term for producer) and a leading actor. Under his aegis the Group was extremely successful: premieres by dramatists such as George Shields, St.John Ervine, Brian Friel, Joseph Tomelty, Louis MacNeice, Michael J. Murphy, Patricia Connor, and many other Ulster dramatists were given. H. G. also brought together a professional team of actors unique in the history of Ulster drama. These include Colin Blakley (now with the National Theatre in London), Stephen Boyd (the holywood 'star'), Elizabeth Begley, Margaret D'Arcy, Robert McCandless, J. G. Devlin, Joseph Tomelty, and many others. H.G. himself is a distinguished and versatile actor who has had success in the theatre, in radio, on television, and in films. As a stage actor he has appeared all over Ireland and England (including the West End of London); he has acted in thousands of radio programmes; appeared over a hundred times in television; and has had parts in over forty films, working in Ireland, England, Holland, France, Morocco, and Yugo-Slavia. H.G. is also very interested in the Amateur Theatre movement, having acted as adjudicator in festivals throughout Ireland. He has close links with Queen's. Professor H. 0. Meredith encouraged him to found the Group Theatre , and Sir Tyrone Guthrie was not only a close friend but also a colleague (Sir Tyrone produced plays for H.G. ana also directed him in poetry and short story readings). - 1 - Text