Discovery looks at the world of the 'fit ups'. The film shows the McFadden Company performing 'East Lynne' in a tent in Bray, County Wicklow.
In between scenes from the play the actors are interviewed about working as strolling players. Among those interviewed are Denis Franks.
For a thousand years and longer this kind of audience has watched this kind of play. Spellbound for an hour by magic.
'East Lynne' was written by Mrs Henry Wood circa 1863 and tells an elaborate story of infidelity and double identities.
This episode of Discovery was broadcast on 4 October 1965.