Koltai, Ralph (4 of 28)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    2002-08-23, 2002-11-06, 2003-01-09, 2003-02-27, 2003-05-

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Koltai, Ralph 1924- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Comments on vintage cars. Remarks on idiosyncratic behaviour of RK's grandmother; childhood memories including favourite dishes and visit to Olympic stadium in Berlin. Mentions mother's work as masseuse. Recollections of time at Patella's farm; replaces and sells bicycles. Incidents relating to RK's status as an enemy alien. Works as Gardener at Convalescent Home in Epsom, Surrey; anecdote relating to signage and influence on RK's later career. Enlists as evening student at Epsom School of Art; describes design project and friendship with Jaqueline Eve, secretary to Principal. Mentions work at Commercial Studio, Holborn, London including curtailed contract to make wartime posters. Background to RK's decision to become volunteer in Army; trains at Royal Army Service Corps, Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow. Refers to death of Ian Patella. Posted to Woking then to Essen at end of war to serve on War Crimes Interrogation of Alfred Krupp.

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    Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.

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