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  • Ceartúchán:Correction

We wish to correct an error in volume 20, number 1 (Spring, 2016), in the article “‘Simulat Ergo Est’: Brian O’Nolan’s Metatheatrical Performances,” by Daniel Keith Jernigan. On page 88 of that article, footnote 3 incorrectly states that “The year 1918 saw the establishment of the Dublin Drama League, which put on European plays at the Abbey twice a week until establishing the Gate Theatre.” In fact, the Dublin Gate Theatre—more properly Dublin Gate Theatre Productions Ltd.—had no connection to the Dublin Drama League. The latter was an amateur group of well educated, civic-minded people who felt that Dublin was not seeing experimental theater and this should be rectified. They presented important European and American plays on the Abbey stage irregularly, usually on Sunday nights, but not “twice a week until establishing the Gate Theatre” as the note states. The Gate was a separate company founded by three English professionals (Coralie Carmichael, Hilton Edwards, and Alfred Wilmore, the latter of whom changed his name to Micheál MacLíammóir) and was a professional theater from its inception—one that, like the Dublin Drama League, was also concerned with European and experimental theater. One or two of the talented amateurs from the Drama League, such as the young Denis Johnston did, however, later join the Gate Theatre, becoming professional in every respect. We are grateful to our attentive reader and past contributor Christopher Fitz-Simon for pointing out the error. We note, too, that this error in no way affects Dr. Jernigan’s argument. [End Page 133]



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