From The Stage
"What," we used to say, "about the workers?" The implication was that in a carry over from a landowning and industrial past, there were those who generated wealth and there were others who spent it. In the fifties, when trades unionism was beginning to flex its muscles, the theatre - notably in the work of John Osborne and Arnold Wesker at the Royal Court - was playing its part by putting onstage the concerns of those who worked for a living.
But, ironically, the theatre itself was still far behind this movement towards recognising the rights of those who had not inherited wealth but had to earn in order to survive. Equity had existed since early in the century but there was still a hierarchy that would have not been tolerated elsewhere. Anyone who was not an actor was very much a second class citizen. click for more