Prowse, Philip (15 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

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    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Prowse, Philip 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 15: PP recalls the schema of his professional development in theatre and opera. Description of PP's various homes, including Ladbroke Grove, Kensington Church Street [ KCS ], Tavistock Road off Portobello Road, Porchester Square and Wapping ( telephone ringing ). PP relates background to the purchase, through John Vere Brown, of a flat in KCS owned by United Dairies, a Mr Silder and latterly Sally Clark ( of Clark's Restaurant ). Story of fraught journey from home in Hastings to National Theatre, London for rehearsal of John Webster's ' The White Devil '. Mentions friend Ann Lambton. PP talks about the onset of his mother's Alzheimer's condition; story of PP's father's death. Remarks on notion of childhood and relationships with one's parents. (mentions Frederick Raphael comments on radio ). PP talks about development of his mother's condition and his father's positive response to circumstances; describes situation after PP's father's death and British Legion's organisation of funeral in Inkberrow village church; anecdote about father's cremation.

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

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