Prowse, Philip (24 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 24: PP's mother's full name Violet Beatrice Willliamson; remarks on effects of Alzheimer's condition. PP's response to conditions of stress and desire for control. Remarks on subsidy and underfunding; reference to Covent Garden, comparison of subsidised theatre/opera in Europe. Remarks on Donald Dewar and his support for the arts. Comments on nationalism and federalism. Remarks on Citizens repertoire and PP's desire to move the Citizens to Glasgow city centre. PP's clarification of management of Citizens Theatre and crucial role of General manager, including Harriet Cruickshank [HC] , Clare Blenkinsop, Paul Bassett, Sharman Weir and Anna Stapleton; also crucial role of technical director, Ian Ribbens. Details of democratic management structure with emphasis on equal contribution of steering group of five not three. Remarks on HC. Comments on pay structure; importance of sense of humour within company; comments on notion of ' Citizens' style'. [Tape 13 (F17881) Side B: BLANK]

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

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