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Oliver Howes discusses his thoughts on racism in England, his daily life, and what he wants out of life. Audio is distorted from 15:39 to 35:42; part 2.
Michael Frayn reads from his book "At Bay in Gear Street" and how he approaches writing. Oliver Howes, a livery driver, talks about music, his middle class background, and his work;part 1.
Maroussia Frank analyzes Paul Scofield's performance as King Lear in the theater production as well as life in a theater company and her experiences as a member and a wife of a member.
Marian McPartland discusses her career, the role of women in jazz, and jazz music.
During a visit to London, Studs interviews a 73 year old cab driver in London, who has 50 years on the job. They discuss traffic jams, the elderly and the young, poverty, welfare, and society. Studs also interviews a number of people attending the Tate Gallery's Lichtenstein Exhibition.
When asked what she thought of Dame Sybil Thorndike, British actress Joyce Grenfell said Dame Sybil has a great sense of discovery. The Grand Dame of the British Theatre, Dame Sybil Thorndike said the greatest thing that ever happened to her was George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan". Thorndike also spoke of her politics and of being anti-war. Frances Cucka said working with Dame Sybil Thorndike was an extraordinary experience. Cucka, voted one of the most promising actresses of the west, said she also learned to sing and to dance for future roles.
Joyce Grenfell discusses her career (and includes portion of interview with Clancy Sigal, which starts around 39:08).
The tape begins with Studs speaking with Christopher Sykes, a friend and producer, Studs is getting information how to behave and what to expect. Studs meets Ms. Compton-Burnett at a flat in Cornwell Gardens, London, England and they discuss her life and work as a novelist and writer. Ms Compton Burnett discusses London and class structure. End of tape 1
Ivy Compton-Burnett continues the discussion of class structure in England. Ms. Compton-Burnett states that she has never been a actor but she had always been an observer, to which Studs agrees that her writing reflect her statement accurately. He ends the interview by telling Ms. Compton-Burnett that she is a true original and that he greatly admires her individuality. Interview ends at 13:00. (part 2) Studs then begins an interview with Peter Hall at Aldwych theater office London, England. Mr.
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