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.
Kenneth Allsop, literary critic for the Daily Mail, BBC host of Tonight and author of "The Bootleggers and Their Era" sits down with Studs Terkel to discuss everything from the Social Realism of Arnold Wesker, Allen Sillitoe, and Shelagh Delaney known as the Backstreet Kids to the class warfare of "The Fourth of July" author David Benedictus. The two key groups of theater, the Royal Court led by George Devine and the Theater Workshop led by Joan Littlewood is also discussed.
Jonathan Miller reminisces about his childhood in Regent Park, London and offers his opinion on philosophy and the changing English class structure with the loss of the Indian empire. His remake of "Alice in Wonderland" for BBC 1 is reviewed and he states he is most interested in the human imagination.
Robert Morley, stage and screen actor, starring in Ustinov's "Halfway Up the Tree," discusses education, technology and youth and the changes in the social makeup because of technology.
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.