Prowse, Philip (2 of 27)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    2005-11-01, 2005-11-09, 2005-11-16, 2005-11-23, 2005-12-07, 2005-12-14, 2005-12-21

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    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: PP's father's previous history (continued), including possible conversion to Catholicism. PP's mother's relationship with her mother in law (member of Plymouth Bretheren) and active role in village Church. Circumstances relating to parent's marriage and mother's relationship with boyfriend, Bill Cooper and his later wife, Babs. Influence of Babs on PP; anecdote about influential visit to Beethoven's ' Fidelio' at Covent Garden [CG], designed by Rex Whistler. Description of Babs's urban appearance. Details of PP's relationship with his father in context of mother's suffering from Alzheimer's Disease; comments on parents' volatile relationship and PP's conventional upbringing; his schooling, including details of time at King's School, Worcester. Further comments on impact on PP of father's raffish family background and subversive social attitude. Anecdote relating to father's role as President of British Legion. Remarks on PP's relationship with his mother; his father's love of detective novels by Ngaio Marsh, Marjorie Allingham, Carter Dixon, Gladys Mitchell. PP recalls ' A Thousand Beautiful Things' by Arthur Mee. Mentions 'The Children's Newspaper', 'Dandy', 'Beano' and ' The Eagle'

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    Life story interview with Philip Prowse (1937-), theatre designer.

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