Prowse, Philip (3 of 27) An Oral History of Theatre Design
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2005-11-01, 2005-11-09, 2005-11-16, 2005-11-23, 2005-12-07, 2005-12-14, 2005-12-21
Interviewee's home, Chelsea
Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)
O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)
Part 3: PP's comments on impact of Walt Disney aesthetic on art forms; refers to Beatrix Potter books, Hugh Lofting's series 'Dr. Dolittle' ; describes Pamela Brown' s novel 'Golden Pavements' about Blue Door Company; also 'Cue for Treason' and 'The Hills of Varna' Geoffrey Trease. Describes teachers at primary school, including Misses Woodman, Fairfax and headmistress Miss Cook. Recalls daughters of cleaning lady Grace Ballard [GB] - Mary, Audrey, Daisy, Jeanie, Rosie, Barbara; memories of visiting GB after birth of son John to herself and Ernest. PP's rural childhood, detailed description of attic bedroom and discovery of child's skeleton under stairs. Memories of mother's piano repertoire, mentions Ivor Novello's 'Perchance to Dream', ‘We'll gather Lilacs' ; describes impact of parish church on community life. PP's first visit to Cinderella at Theatre Royal, Birmingham (Emile Littler). Remarks on pictures/prints and furniture in family house; mentions portrait of Mrs. Siddons. Refers to family mealtimes and GB's role in household.
Life story interview with Philip Prowse (1937-), theatre designer.