Harwood, Ronald (6 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

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    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Harwood, Ronald 1934- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Further remarks on RH’s parents and ‘genteel poverty’; description of his invalid father, his various jobs including selling brand of cigarettes “Sir Seymour Hicks”, refers to “Olivier”cigarettes after Sir Laurence Olivier [SLO] Comments on father seeking help from RH’s sister. Description of RH’s father including anecdotes about joining Reform church community under Rabbi David Sherman and verbally attacking Orthodox Rabbi Schrock. Remarks on father’s personality and dominance by his mother EH; remarks on his leisure pursuits including attending funerals. RH mentions Arthur Mees’ Children’s encyclopaedias, Sir John Hammerton’s Books of Knowledge. RH’s father called Isaac Horwitz [IH]. RH’s grandchild called Isaac. Mention of fraught meal times; lunches at Greek shop run by the Zaymes family whose daughter Dorothea was member of Royal Ballet in Covent Garden. RH’s memories of ‘coloured’ maid Margaret. (Pause while RH greets his wife). Remarks on servants’ quarters and description of Margaret. Comments on being white South African and memories of maid, Annie. Detailed description of RH’s family home, including Blüthner upright piano, prints by Degas and books. RH’s interest in a person’s interior life. Remarks on sharing a room with father IH. Remarks on RH’s siblings Eva Leonora, a ballet teacher and dance critic for Cape Times and Harold Ralph; his work for Woolworths and Marks & Spencer and eventual buyer for OK Bazaars in South Africa.

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    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.

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