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Prowse, Philip (25 of 27)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:26

  • Shelf mark

    C1173/03

  • 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 25:PP recalls aspects of childhood Christmasses; remembers gift of Lambretta scooter when starting Malvern Art School. Remarks on acquiring possessions and pointlessness of city dwellers owning cars. PP's observations on precarious financial position in early career and later stability once working at Citizens theatre; comments on importance of designer/ director insisting on top remuneration. Comments on circumstances relating to PP's production of Noel Coward's ' Cavalcade' ; describes play, refers to first production at Drury Lane theatre. PP explains motivation for his production. Further comments on ' Cavalcade'. Background to PP's retirement from Citizens theatre and reluctance to comment on GH's character; remarks on RDM. Positive remarks by PP on GH's professional qualities.

  • Description

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

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