by Joseph Schull.
Adapted for television by Duncan Ross.
Early in 1952 Eric Fawcett discussed with me the possibility of a television version of Joseph Schull's radio play The Concert. Shortly afterwards, however, I had to leave for Canada and on my return became involved with other commitments. Among these were the two programmes Dockland and Sale Room, which told their story in the first person. My interest in The Concert was reawakened, for it was this first-person technique which Fawcett had suggested, and in the light of the experience of the other two programmes, I could now see that the play could be every bit as effective in vision as it had been in sound. For me, another attraction was that I was now interested in everything Canadian, and The Concert has its setting in the city of Montreal.
I hope that those who remember the radio play will not object to the alteration in emphasis of the piece. Originally the listener sat back and heard the various characters objectively. In this version, the viewer actually becomes the main character in the story. This technique, of course, is not new and has been used several times in the past, both in films and television sometimes I think without any real justification. Whatever opinions may be held of the two versions of this play, one thing viewers can be certain of: the television form of presentation has not been used as a trick merely to show off studio technique, but to give greater understanding to the main character and to interpret in a different way, but I hope just as effectively, this fine radio play. (Duncan Ross)