William Tallis - This character is the author of the script, Ape and Essence.
Dr. Alfred Poole - This character is the protagonist of Ape and Essence. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Narrator of Tallis - After lunching with Bob, this character finds and saves Ape and Essence by William Tallis when it falls from a dump truck headed for the incinerator.
Bob Briggs - This character is a self-absorbed director and writer who complains about his personal problems to the narrator at the studio commissary in Tallis.
Narrator of The Script - This character makes comments and moral observations on various actions and events through William Tallis' play, Ape and Essence.
Miss Ethel Hook - This character wears tweeds and horn-rimmed spectacles. She is wholesome, efficient and intensely English.
Chief - This character is the head of State in Southern...
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