Dan Donovan was born in Ballincollig in 1926. His father was an ex-Royal Irish Constabulary man from Glandore in west Cork and his mother was a teacher who came from a family with a very strong teaching tradition. Dan Donovan went to school in Presentation College in Cork, and later taught there. In first recording, Dan speaks about his involvement with the Irish Dramatic Society, about joining the Local Defence Force during the Emergency period and organising the production of plays in the school each year with the students. He fondly recalls Dermot Breen and the growth of the drama festival from the 1940s onwards which evolved into the Everyman Theatre. He also speaks about how his perspective changed after 1959 following the setting up of a company which worked with John B. Keane on the production of ‘Sive’.