Monday, 18 February 2013
A lost play written by Lowry circa 1926 while he was at The Leys School. Lowry's only reference to the play is in a letter to Carol Brown dated 2nd June 1926; 9.30 pm, I've just completed a one act play entitled 'Traffic'. It is nothing about material traffic at all - it refers to human traffic. The careless roar of material traffic can be heard (off) all through. It is not bad - but by no means good, as yet." (Collected Letters Vol 1 Pg. 39).
This is probably the play that Lowry had referred to earlier in another letter to Carol Brown dated May 1926; "..and the first act of a rather unsatisfactory play, which by the way I have decided to be the only act (this play is undergoing a French translation at the hands of Monsieur Georges Yardley, who being a knowing bird, actually entertains hopes of smuggling it into the 'Theatre du grand guignol' for me: home of 1 act plays." (Collected Letters Vol 1 Pg. 24).