Discussing George Bernard Shaw with Donal Donelly.
Arnold Wesker, English playwright and writer in several genres discusses scenes from the play "Roots". Mr Wesker further discusses his plays and the current cast traveling around England performing several of his plays. The interview tape ends and Studs recalls the remainder of the interview alone as a postscript.
Terkel Talks with known English Dramatist Sir Arnold Wesker (part 1) about the economy of England. The talk begins with the subject of apprenticeship. This is a two part interview.
Ivy Compton-Burnett continues the discussion of class structure in England in part 2. Ms Compton- Burnett, shares with Studs that she has never been a actor she had always been an observer, and he agrees that her writing reflects that accurately. He ends the interview by telling Ms Compton-Burnett that she is a true original and that he greatly admires her individuality end 13:00. Studs then begins interview with Peter Hall at Aldwych theater office London, England. Mr Hall is the director of both the Aldwych and Stratford theaters, and director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Terkel delves into the life of Frank Norman, a London ex-con who turned his life around and became a novelist and playwright by writing on his experiences. He wrote "Bang to Rights" shortly after his prison release which brought him great fame. He followed that with "The Monkey Pulled it's Hair" that had a U.S. release under the name "Don't Darling Me Darling". Norman opened up to Terkel discussing his illegitimacy, his illiteracy till age 14, his institutionalization in an orphanage which he turned into the novel "Banana Boy".
Studs Terkel heads to the British town of Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare) intending to interview Sir John Gielgud, and getting a few words before Studs realizes that Sir John is not intending to be interviewed. He speaks instead to other members of the company. Then he meets Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence in the Falcon Hotel.
Terkel Talks with known English Dramatist Sir Arnold Wesker (part 2) about the economy of England. The talk begins with the subject of apprentices and when students began their apprenticeship (usually at the age of 15). This is a two part interview
Interviewing actor, director and playwright Alan Ayckbourn.