Koltai, Ralph (7 of 28) An Oral History of Theatre Design
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2002-08-23, 2002-11-06, 2003-01-09, 2003-02-27, 2003-05-
Interviewee's home, London
Koltai, Ralph 1924- (speaker, male)
O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)
Part 7: Anecdote about Walter chromium plated revolver. RK's mother's background (father Julius Weinstein), great grandmother Frau Gottschalke; remembers nanny Fraulein Kleakovski and cook Frau Kramer. Remarks on interest in cameras. Further remarks on end of Nuremberg Trials. Posted to War Crimes Interrogation Unit, Kensington Palace Gardens, Bayswater Road, London; describes job at London District Case involving Oberstunde F¿hrer Knochlein. RK privately billeted at 11 Norman Square, Holland Park, London. Acquires British citizenship 1947 and demobilized. Describes meeting girlfriend, Jane, from Ballet Rambert at Slater's Restaurant. Circumstances leading to government grant to study theatre design at Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central St. Martin's); meets Morris Kestleman. Anecdote about ballet/belly dancer. Remarks on mentor Ruth Keating; comments on lack of direct terms of reference and influence until in 1948 witnessed Roland Petit's, Ballet des Champs Elysě at Princes' Theatre (now Shaftesbury) with Zi Zi Jeanmair and Colette Marchant; refers to visual statements of Anthony Clar,̌ Carl Zoo and Leonor Fini.
Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.