Prowse, Philip (26 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 26:Remarks by PP on own professional attributes. Observations on the job of being an actor and the dire state of contemporary theatre; mentions enjoying ' Jerry Springer, The Opera'. Remarks on wish to direct ' Measure for Measure'. Background to production of Thomas Otway's ' Venice Preserv’d' ; comments on readiness to retire from theatre. Mentions renting a flat near Glasgow Green and eventually moving to Wapping in 2000. PP comments on great friendship with fabric designer, Celia Birtwell; further remarks on friendship. Brief comments on health, hayfever and smoking. Refers to short teaching stint in Birmingham. Background to PP's teaching tenure at the Slade; mentions Bernard Cohen; remarks on Yolanda Sonnabend and Sally Jacobs roles within department. Reflections on attitude to designer as enabler and collaborator; brief anecdote about Diana Rigg and Anthony Hopkins in production of ' Macbeth' . Comments on lack of historical sense amongst students. PP describes his working methods.

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

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