I EXPECT many of you will have
been rather disappointed, as 1 was, in John Conlan's new play last week on Associated Rediffusion. "The Lcan Years" did not have a very noble theme though it made quite good watching, and I felt that the dialogue and behaviour of the characters in the play were authentic.
We saw a fairly representative family group in which Frank Daly, played by Jack Hadly with great sympathy, begins to feel he ought to have a bit of a fling if he is not to settle into a permanent rut. He is encouraged in this by his brother-in-law, Charlie, who is always straying away from his wife.
We had, therefore, two married couples drifting away from each other but re-uniting in the end and one young couple deciding to get married. Not a very profound play. I hope this author will be able to use his talent with more force in his third play.
IF we missed the fictional cleric
in our viewing. we were compensated in good measure by the appearance of real life clerics in two very popular B.B.C. television programmes. I still do not like "This is Your Life," but I am sure my dislike is not shared by the majority of viewers.
It was certainly edifying to find that Canon Edmund Arbuthnott was the victim of this Monday's programme, and the work he has donein the East End and with the Y.CW. must have impressed and, perhaps, encouraged many in the audience.
THE other cleric was not only very intelligent but extremely photogenic. He appeared in the