The Exorcism by Don Taylor
"First of all congratulations on presenting such a challenging play. Having enjoyed "A Chorus of Disapproval" I was delighted by the news that the group was going to produce "The Exorcism". I was not familiar with the play - indeed, to be honest I had never even heard of it - but I have long been a fan of Don Taylor's large radio drama output, and so was aware of his capacity for good, strong situations, challenging dialogue with, invariably, a surprise twist in the tail. Whether all this could be successfully transferred to the theatre remained to be seen, so I was looking forward to the first play by Don Taylor I would be seeing on the stage.
Having confessed to pleasure at the announcement of a staged play by Don Taylor I must admit to disappointment overall at it as a viable drama. This of course is not in any way, shape, or form a criticism of the group, nor does it detract from your courage and foresight in choosing to do it as a production.
The play itself disappointed me because it dissipated its ingenious premise by striking out rather wildly in all sort of direction, without having any clear idea of why it was doing so. It is hard to see how The Exorcism is going to help anybody else, or make the changes in attitude that are so badly needed in our world today. Perhaps the author just thinks every little helps, and indeed he might well be right. Great oaks from little acorns grow, as it were!
What is undoubtedly right was your decision to present the play. I hope the audiences improved during the run to what I believe is your normal high level, to reward your enterprise in presenting it. Many thanks for the opportunity you afforded me to see it."
John Folkard-North West Essex Theatre Guild
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