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The House in the Quiet Glen

John Coulter's Irish folk comedy The House in the Quiet Glen sweeps the finals of the Dominion Drama Festival in Ottawa and is published in two editions by Macmillan. DDF adjudicator Michel Saint-Denis awards the finely realistic Toronto Masquers production, directed by Sterndale Bennett in co-operation with the author, the Bessborough Trophy for the best production in the Festival and the Sir Barry Jackson Trophy for best Canadian play. Coulter had first written the one-act script about a young woman courted by an old codger as a folk tragedy in Ireland entitled Sally's Chance. But when Tyrone Guthrie became head of radio drama at the BBC 2BE station in Belfast, he suggested that Coulter transform the play into a comedy. Directed by Guthrie in 1925, The House in the Quiet Glen became the most frequently repeated play broadcast by the station. CBC radio broadcast the comedy in 1940.