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Impressions of the Canadian theatre. The need for Canadians to support Canadian theatre in many ways. Canada's recent participation at the world famous International Festival at Edinburgh, and the importance of that event. Difficulties encountered in Edinburgh by the Canadians. The need for Canadians to continue to go and perform abroad. The speaker's hope that the Festival at Stratford is supported. What the speaker and his colleagues have found out about Canadian theatre. What makes the Old Vic thrive. A description and history of the Old Vic and what it is like to work there. Why actors perform Shakespeare. Surprise at how little audiences know about what goes on behind the scenes. A brief description of the theatre actor's work. The issue of privacy for the performers.