Prowse, Philip (13 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

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 13: PP's remarks on problems with the Close theatre and eventual importance of two studios; comments on excellence of backstage staff at Citizens; mentions production manager Ian Ribbens, Head of Wardrobe, Trisha Biggar (later designed costumes for Star Wars). Mentions Citizens attitude to Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama ( RSMAD ); remarks on decision making process for play season and role of chairman's committee; comments on marketing. PP comments on working relationship with GH and RDM. Describes visual impact of productions and unpredictable element of danger; discussion on relocation of Citizens theatre. Remarks on negative effect of ' Glasgow City of Culture'. PP's thoughts on place of theatre in today's culture; mentions visit to Trevor Nunn production of ' Hamlet' and response of young audience. Comments on impact of early production with Richard Burton and John Neville. Talks about dearth of interesting theatre actors; compares Vivien Leigh with Judi Dench; mentions Nicole Kidman, David Threlfall, Daniel Craig. Remarks on Laurence Olivier.

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

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