Prowse, Philip (16 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 16: Brief comments on use of the word 'academic' ( continuation of conversation off tape ). PP reflects on sense of being an orphan after death of parents; remarks on friendships outside the theatre; observations on behaviour of actors and anecdote about Derek Jacobi. PP's attitude to personal relationships and notion of solitude. Further remarks on circumstances relating to PP's mother's illness. Description of Ladbroke Grove flat and mention of Mo McDermott, assistant to David Hockney; PP's book collecting; his sources including 'Foyles', 'Waterstones' and 'Notting Hill Books'. Mentions Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust, Leo Tolstoy, Evelyn Waugh, Angus Wilson, Penelope Fitzgerald; refers to Penguin publishers and Folio Society. PP talks about cancelled invitation from Brian McMaster to direct Handel's 'Rodelinda' ( directed by André Serban )and PP's eventual production of ‘Tamerlano’ ; difficulties of production. PP enthuses about talent of Sally Burgess, Rosalind Plowright, Helen Field, Felicity Palmer, Eiddwen Harrhy. Describes plot of ‘Tamerlano’ and approach to rehearsals.
Life story interview with Philip Prowse (1937-), theatre designer.