Koltai, Ralph (11 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 11: Remarks on terminology in field of theatre design including reference to Pamela Howard's use of term scenography; British attitude to theatre designer's role and changes in design education. Expresses concern over present situation at CSM and remarks on culture of celebrity. Mentions perceived falling of standards since Hockney, Tilson and Blake. Comments on recent invitation to lecture at CSM. Remarks on contemporary theatre design not reflecting deterioration of standards; comments on high calibre of work by William Dudley, John Napier, Maria Bjornsen, Sue Blane. Mentions Es Devlin and Paul Brown. Questions integrity of commercially driven art projects and work of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. RK's respect for integrity in British Theatre and its demise in last twenty years; his role in subsidised theatre; mentions Hugh Whitemore's 'Pack of Lies' with Judi Dench and Michael Williams in commercial theatre.

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

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