Harwood, Ronald (5 of 18) An Oral History of Theatre Design
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2005-10-27, 2007-05-16, 2007-05-17, 2007-05-18, 2007-06-12
Interviewee's home, Chelsea
Harwood, Ronald 1934- (speaker, male)
O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)
Part 5: Remarks on Ronald Harwood’s [RH] paternal grandparents, Zvi Horwitz [ZH] and Ewa Horwitz [EH] from Plunge, Lithuania and their escape to South Africa; RH’s maternal grandparents, Adolphe Pepper [AP] and Ewa Pepper [EP], originally Pfefferblum, from Warsaw, their flight to Stepney, London, and eventual settlement in South Africa. Mentions Paul Ehrlich, cousin of EP, and his discovery of chemotherapy and Salvarsan. Mentions AP’s anti-religious stance; remarks on ZH’s Jewish orthodox background and opposition to RH father’s marriage. Refers EP’s role as secretary in Women’s Zionist Organisation. Detailed description of RH’s father’s nervous breakdown after death of mother; subsequent ill health later diagnosed as meningioma. Description of RH’s mother, Isobel Horwitz [IH] her love of culture; her unhappy marriage chronicled in RH’s play “Another Time”; IH’s appearance, demeanour and concern for her children. Remarks on notions of ‘ only child syndrome’ and ‘happy marriage’. Comments on family expressions of affection and mother’s respect for manners; her fear of death and reliance on sleeping pills. IH’s response to death of husband; RH’s response to father’s death; anecdote about dream of father.
Interview with Ronald Harwood (1934-), theatre designer. Parts 1-4 comprise an interview about the life and work of Richard Negri, as recalled by Ronald Harwood. Parts 5-18 comprise Ronald Harwood's life story.