Calico, Michael Hastings’ new play about the secret 1920s romance between James Joyce’s daughter Lucia and a young Samuel Beckett, receives its world premiere tonight despite opposition from the Joyce family (See News, 1 Mar 2004). Over the years, the novelist’s grandson Stephen Joyce has proved highly protective of the novelist’s work and details of the family’s private life. In 1993, two years after the 50th anniversary of Joyce’s death, when the copyright on his work lapsed, Stephen Joyce had it restored by EU directive. He’s taken legal action on multiple occasions over the use of Joyce’s work and hindered the writing of an upcoming biography by an American academic. Hastings was inspired in part to write Calico by what he viewed as the Joyce family’s determination to “vaporise” memory of Lucia, who was mentally unstable. At a scholars’ symposium in 1988, Stephen Joyce revealed that he’d burned all of his correspondence with Lucia in order to ensure that no future biographers could use it.