Page 7, 24th October 1958

24th October 1958
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Page 7, 24th October 1958 — FOLK CANTATA

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NOT long after this-in "Meeting ' Point"-we heard a fairly unusual type of religious cantata. It was called "Cantata of Christ the worker " and was by Dominic Behan.

It told Our Lord's life and was sung to the tunes of well-known songs and folk-music. It was certainly very pleasant to listen to, as all those who took part in it had good voices.

I just cannot imagine its religious impact, however, on a non-Christian, Would he, in listening to the tunes, take any notice of the words? I wonder. I HAVE noticed reports in the '

daily press of accusations against I.T.V. for their unpleasant choice in plays. I do not think it fair to pick I.T.V. out for blame. There is very little to choose on any channel as far as morals are concerned.

The RISC. may give us more classics-but are not these soretimes as immoral as the newer modern plays? I am getting tired and sick to death of unfaithful wives and wandering husbands.

Last Sunday's B.B.C. effort, "The Three Daughters of M. Dupont" by Brieux, which was meant to take place in France in 1905, was very much after the usual pattern. 1 found it very hard to believe that in those days a husband, purporting to be a practising Catholic. would refuse point-blank to have any children at all because he couldn't afford them.

When are we to be given plays about happily-married couples or young people happily in love? Most of all-when are we going to have some really first-class scientific thrillers again?

'lake us away from the bedroom and the drawing-room for a change-we have seen far too many on both channels lately.

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