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Thread #142469 Message #3850944
Posted By: Jim Carroll
18-Apr-17 - 03:58 AM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
"Has that changed at all Jim?"
Manchester University Press published 6 of his plays in 1986, edited by Ewan and Howard Goorney, under the title, 'Agit Prop to Theatre Workshop' - it cost me £2.95 (hardback) at the time but that was remarkably cheap
I'm appalled to find that the copies available on Amazon cost up to £244
A new copy of the Dover paperback edition will cost £264
Makes me wonder how much our books are worth today - it would have sickened Ewan
Apart from that, we have an early bound copy of Uranium 235 (with Isla Cameron's name on the flyleaf) - we used to have two, but gave the other on to ex-Critic, Jim O'Connor, who was producing plays for an am-dram company in London
There's an enjoyable book entitled Theatre Workshop, by Howard Goorney, don't know if that's still available
Ewan's Last Play, 'The Shipmaster' written in 1980 was produced at The Library Theatre in Manchester - we didn't get to see it, but our late friend, Terry Whelan, did - he enjoyed it.
It is often claimed that The Critics Group broke up acrimoniously - one of the pieces of misinformation to add to the pile
In fact, the Group broke up voluntarily in a friendly manner so Ewan could move on to develop a Theatre Company with Critics who were interested in doing so
That Group chose and began to rehearse plays under Ewan's guidance - we saw four short ones put on at The Union Tavern (Singer's Club venue) - very impressive - though I can only recall the Lorca one.
The Theatre Group lasted a year and broke up abruptly and very unpleasantly - pity.